Manga/Anime/Games in Japanese Gov't Preservation Plan

posted on 2011-05-18 23:57 EDT by Crystalyn Hodgkins
National Diet Library, Agency for Cultural Affairs to protect Japan's heritage

Japan's National Diet Library and Agency for Cultural Affairs announced on Thursday that they will work together on a cultural preservation project for materials related to Japanese television and radio programming, music, anime, manga, and video games. The National Diet Library will focus on preserving and overseeing books, newspapers, magazines, CD, DVD, and other media, and the Agency for Cultural Affairs will focus on materials in relation to history, art, folklore, industries and natural sciences.

The project will be divided into three areas:
1. Researching how to preserve scripts for television and radio programs and building a digital archive
2. Creating a database to preserve materials related to music, yet with a unified search system
3. Maintain bibliographic information and collaborate on information systems for manga, anime, and videogames

In 2009, then Prime Minister Tarō Asō proposed the construction of a cultural museum in the 2009 budget earmarks. The planned museum would have been a place to exhibit anime, manga, films, and other forms of culture. The museum would have cost 11.7 billion yen (about US$143 million) and would have been located on Tokyo's artificial island of Odaiba. The planned museum was then a part of Asō's larger proposal to use his country's "soft power" in anime, manga, and similar areas of culture to create jobs and reverse the economic downturn.

Former Prime Minster and then opposition member Yukio Hatoyama had criticized the proposal, describing the planned center as a "national manga kissaten (café)" and asserted that Asō was trying to create his own bureaucracy for his interests. A project team established to end useless spending in the Japanese government decided in 2009 to cancel the center because it was "unnecessary."

After the center's cancellation, Meiji University announced plans for a tentatively titled Tokyo International Manga Library for manga, anime, games, and other media in 2014. The city of Kyoto has hosted its Kyoto International Manga Museum since 2006.


Update: Yen to US Dollar conversion added. Thanks, enurtsol.

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