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Japan to Sponsor International Manga Contest? 26

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
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antifoidulus writes "According to Yahoo! news Japan is trying to boost its image abroad by promoting manga and anime, including possibly an international manga contest. They are also trying to double the number of people who eat Japanese food at least once a year to 1.2 billion(about 10x the population of Japan). While the article states that in the west the appeal of Japan is increasing, Japan is still having problems with its relations to fellow Asian countries such as China and South Korea."
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Japan to Sponsor International Manga Contest?

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  • No! Really? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by gaijin99 (143693) on Wednesday May 10, 2006 @08:29AM (#15300034) Journal
    Japan is still having problems with its relations to fellow Asian countries such as China and South Korea

    No shit? Might that have something to do with the evil behavior of Japan back during the 1930's through 1940's? City named Nanjing ring a bell? Forcing large numbers of young Korean women to serve as sex slaves for the Imperial Japanese Army?

    I'm something of a Japanophile, I'm working on a degree in East Asian Studies (focused on Japan), I'm learning the Japanese language, and I'll eventually be doing international law (again, focused on Japan). Point is I like Japan. But I can definately see how people from the nations Japan invaded during WWII would feel differently. They've got to get over it, just like the people in Europe had to get over their anti-German feelings, but their feelings are understandable.

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