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Manga Linked With Increased Interest in Japanese

+ posted by Loserbait in Manga News on Sep 16, 2009 19:18

Indonesian students have an increased interest in studying Japanese because of Japanese cultural products.

Whilst this may not come as a surprise to many, Dwi Astuti, head academic at the Japanese Language Teaching department of the Jakarta State University, has told The Jakarta Post that her students mostly cited manga, anime and dorama as their reasons for choosing Japanese.

At a lecture by the Japanese ambassador to Indonesia, Kojiro Shiojiri, 20 year old student Fitriyani said that she found "dorama very fascinating because through them I can learn about Japanese culture and how people live in Japan. I find Japanese culture very interesting; they are hard workers, punctual and disciplined."

And it seems as though Fitriyani isn't alone. Shiojiri said that 500,000 Indonesians were learning Japanese in either formal education institutions or informal short courses.

The large number raises questions about the availability of jobs for the graduates of such a specific field of study though Miss Astuti states that graduates could always teach at high schools or courses.

Japan has had special ties with Indonesia due to a shared history. Japan colonized Indonesia in 1942 until Indonesia declared its independence in 1945 and as a result, the two countries have forged bilateral ties, especially in trade. Indonesia has become the largest market for Japanese products in Southeast Asia.

Pop Japan Travel have announced plans for the Mind Over Manga 2009 tour. On the tour, taking place November 11-19, PJT will take you to the quarterly comic market, Comitia 90. As with Comiket, Comitia is where amateur and professional manga artists sell their books inside massive halls. But, PJT will be organising their own stand where people from the tour can try their hand at selling doujinshi that they've made! PJT will take care of the table space and booth costs for attendees.

In addition to Comitia, tourists will get the chance to check out hot springs, go shopping as well as visit the Toei Animation gallery. And tourists don't have to stay in Tokyo -- for an additional fee, the tour extension includes a stopover in Kyoto to see the Osamu Tezuka Museum.

The tour signup deadline is October 9th, so head over to the Pop Japan Travel website if you don't want to miss out.


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#1. by Helltroll ()
Posted on Sep 16, 2009
My friend started studying Japanese because of that, too. :D
#2. by deJeer ()
Posted on Sep 16, 2009
oh yay!!!
finally my beloved country exposed
and about PJT's Mind Over Manga 2009 tour ---> :headbang:
I want to join it, but i have no time because of my abnormal life ---> T_T
Thanks anyway
#3. by IndoViking ()
Posted on Sep 16, 2009
Very true IMO. Most guys got interested in Japanese culture because they read a manga or watched an anime. Manga's a pretty big thing for young people in here
#4. by Rhyshaelkan ()
Posted on Sep 16, 2009
Catgirls and lolis will conqueror the world.
#5. by Ex-Shadow ()
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
Well, never thought even once Indonesia will be coming out in this site, though it was a good thing. Anyway, it's true that most people started studying Japanese because Anime or Manga, and for me it's because sometime I can't wait for a scanlated manga.
#6. by Paintbait ()
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
Actually even the Japanese PM acknowledges this. In a newsletter he referred to this phenomena as "Cool Japan" lol.
#7. by Likewise ()
Posted on Sep 17, 2009
I think it's just the Indonesians that are lax, but that's what I love about the country.
#8. by Sanadan ()
Posted on Sep 20, 2009
Anime and manga are the reasons Japanese is growing into a much more popular language here in Sweden. Before it was impossible to study it unless you bought very expencive "do it yourself" langauge courses but now its free for anyone to study at the university and high schools :)

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