Monday, May 28, 2007

Japan to institute a "Nobel Prize" for manga

When I first read that Japan was planning what Foreign Minister Taro Aso called a "Nobel Prize of manga," I have to admit I smiled. "Nobel Prize"? A bit of a stretch, no?

But further reading revealed that the Nobel analogy referred not to importance, but to the international nature of the new prize, which will recognize foreign authors of Japanese-style comics.

The new award is part of Japan's "efforts to harness the power of pop culture diplomacy."

Who's going to break the news to her that if she's not foreign-drawn, she's not eligible for the new manga prize?

—Mellow Monk

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