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'News via Manga' Site Aims to Offer Translations

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Manga reporting of daily news with English, French, Korean translations planned

The creators of Manga no Shimbun, the first website to report daily news through manga, told the Shinagawa Keizai Shimbun paper that they aim to distribute their news manga in English, French, and Korean in about half a year. The website launched last Thursday with stories in politics, business, international issues, society, arts, and sports. Unlike traditional Japanese newspapers and news websites, two artists and a staff of about 40 to 50 assistants draw a few pages of manga for each story.

According to editor-in-chief Ryō Son and KaBa Net company director Kazumasa Iida, Son drafts an average of about two and a half news stories a day for the manga artists to illustrate. Each news manga takes about six hours to complete. Under its business model, the company plans to make money from advertising revenue, redistribution of articles, and the adaptation of corporate press releases as manga.

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