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Japan Wants YOU! To Buy J-Pop Culture

And if I know YOU!, I know YOU! will.


We've talked a few times lately about the Japanese government's interest in supporting the export of Japanese cultural products-- mostly media, i.e. anime, manga, games, etc. --and we've also heard a few of the ways that the government is looking at sprucing up the global image of their pop culture.

But how about some more specifics on how Japan hopes to boost the cultural exports themselves? Maybe some kind of prestigious fellowship for America-based anime journalists? No?

...Yeah, no. The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry issued a draft on the strategies being taken under consideration, based primarily on a system to help small and mid-size companies both create their product and sell them overseas.

There are other suggestions in the draft-- including the possibility of opening up more work visas to bring more foreign creators (I'd guess primarily from Korea, whose manhwa and animation industry is already somewhat tied together with Japan's) to Japan.

Interesting stuff all around. But hey, Japan, how about finding a way to subsidize some of the prices of anime DVDs? Or subsidizing simulcasts? Or finding a way to broadcast some kind of unified anime channel world-wide? (Hey, a girl can dream.)
Sandon April 6, 2010 at 8:45 a.m.
Releasing more stuff that will play on my DVD player would be a start.  My other dream is to see Japanese companies release stuff with subtitles straight away, so I don't have to wait months/years for Americans to badly dub a series that I will watch with subtitles anyway. 
 
I'd also like a global anime channel.  I know they already subtitle shows in English, which is essentially the universal language these days.  (Take that, French!)  The internet is making all these "borders" between "countries" kind of ridiculous.
giaon April 6, 2010 at 9 a.m.
@Sand: Region-free DVD players are pretty easy to get. The problem is that the price of DVDs in Japan is so hiiiiigh >_>
 
Yeah, some kind of global anime channel or streaming website would be super sweet. But probably a rights nightmare, which translates to "probably a pipe dream."
Sandon April 6, 2010 at 10:38 a.m.
@gia: I pretty much survive on pipe-dreams and chocolate.  I suppose I should buy a region-free DVD player then.  It isn't like I don't have like... five media players sitting under the television to begin with.  O_o

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