Translator下級員 / Kakyuuin / Jr. Member
- Apr 14, 2007
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Source: Mainichi NewsManga award planned for foreign authors
An international manga award to honor foreign authors of Japanese-style comics is due to be established, with an award ceremony planned for July, it was learned Tuesday.
The award, being promoted by Foreign Minister Taro Aso, a self-professed manga fan, will be set up by an organizing committee whose members include the Japan Foundation.
Aso said he hoped the award would promote Japanese pop culture.
"I want to make the award like the Nobel Prize of manga, to enhance the voice of Japanese pop culture and subculture," Aso said in comments made after a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning.
Candidates for the prize will come from general applications and recommendations by publishers in Japan and overseas. A panel including manga authors Machiko Satonaka, Takashi Yanase and Tetsuya Chiba, and former editors of well-known Japanese comic magazines will select the winning entries on June 22.
Top works will be given the "international manga award" and other prizes. The award ceremony is scheduled for July 2, in Tokyo. (Mainichi)
Hmmm... this article is very interesting. Japan has never been too big on praising the work of foreigners in supposedly "Japanese" specialties. I mean, the criticism that some of the early foreign sumo wrestlers, such as Konishikiand Akebono received when they first arrived on the scene was pretty bad. Too bad the sport is dominated by the Mongolian war tank, Asashoryu! Hah! Take that, Japan! Getting beat at your own game!
Still, it's good that they're finally recognizing foreigners in the manga industry. I know that one of my mom's high school friends has a son (Korean, obviously) who finally got a job as a mangaka in Tokyo about a year ago. She was always bugging me to meet him but I never did. Maybe I should have? I never really had the time to do so... and I doubt that we would have a lot to talk about since manga isn't exactly my forte.