Ogawa made these proposals as a way to ensure the viability of the city's Aonami train line and guideway bus system amid ongoing financial difficulties.
In response to the Japanese Consulate General's call for establishing such a body, Brazilian student groups launched the Instituto Japao Pop Br, or the J-pop Brazil association, with support from the Getulio Vargas Foundation, a Brazilian government-backed research institute.
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From video games to pop art, the government reportedly plans to establish a major collection of modern Japanese media arts to showcase and promote internationally at the new centre.
The government plans to collaborate with regional museums, galleries and institutions such as the Kyoto International Manga Museum and the NTT InterCommunication Centre in Tokyo in the establishment of the new centre.
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...appears to be the manga industry, if this recent speech is any indication. It's telling that the Prime Minister focused exclusively on manga and not anime, which has "entered the global lexicon" and enjoys great popularity abroad well. Was it simply a slip of the tongue or an actual slight -- a sign that the troubled industry simply isn't worth saving to The Powers that Be?
According to Asō, the market for Japan's cultural exports could worth 20 to 30 trillion yen (US$200-300 billion) if business opportunities are exploited. Japan's cultural exports is one of the three pillars upon which Asō is relying for economic growth; the other two are a 'low-carbon revolution" and a "society of health and longevity."