Doraemon: The anime ambassador


Japan's new ambassador: Doraemon
Fri, Mar 14, 2008

TOKYO - JAPAN'S newest ambassador might be among the most listened to in the diplomatic corps, even if he has no ears himself.

The foreign ministry announced on Friday it was appointing the cartoon cat Doraemon as the nation's first 'anime ambassador', in Japan's latest effort to promote its soft power through its animation industry.

Doraemon - or at least a person dressed as the earless, blue-and-white cat - will receive his official assignment letter from Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura in a ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, officials said.

The character will appear in films to be shown in Japanese missions overseas, talking about the country's lifestyle and customs.

'By appointing Doraemon, we hope people in other countries will understand Japanese anime better and deepen their interest in Japanese culture,' said Yuko Hotta, a foreign ministry official.

Created by a cartoonist under the penname Fujiko F. Fujio, Doraemon is the main character in an animation series that is among the most popular in Japan and widely known in much of Asia.

The friendly cat travels back to the present from the 22nd century to help out a schoolboy by lending an 'anywhere door', which allows people to travel wherever they please.

The government has been trying to turn growing worldwide interest in its anime cartoons, manga comics and cuisine into political capital with a campaign promoting 'Cool Japan'.

Last year, Japan launched the International Manga Award for foreign artists. The first winner was Hong Kong's Lee Chi Ching.

Easy job for him, just step through his door.

Who dislikes him?
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lol, Japan is apparently aware that most people's introduction and reason for becoming interested in Japanese culture is anime. I mean come on....the last time I went to Best Buy they had a huge section dedicated to anime of all sorts yet I couldn't find a single Mr. Children cd.

Interesting for a form of media that was never originally intended for non-Japanese audiences and was extremely underground abroad at first.

First martial arts, cars, electronics, video games and godzilla movies.
Then comics and cartoons.
Now hopefully music and dramas...
Oh, come on, am I the only one who likes him?

Seriously, he has MEMORY PAN (of course, after you digest it, you don't remember anything, but still awesome).

This isn't the best idea to be honest. The anime character didn't have to be given the actual position.
I hate him, his anime depicts little prepubescent girls in the nude sometimes.

Hmmm...does that make him pedocat? cousin of pedobear?

I hate that cat by the way, it looks weird without the ears and it reminds me of another old anime that I hate.
So when do the loli's get their offical government position? :LOS

Ambasadors of "Art and Education" maybe? :LOS , again.
As someone who grew up reading Doraemon, I know how great its influence is on kids, especially Asians. He totally deserves the title.
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