Doraemon named ‘anime ambassador’

 

TOKYO — The foreign ministry announced 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.

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.”

P/S: This news is dedicated to KC. Aku terbaca kat Utusan Malaysia tadi pastu aku carik kat internet jumpa lak e-news nie so buat la pos kat blog. Ada lagi satu webpage menarik aku jumpa masa ku tgh carik gambar-gambar doraemon, it’s about Doraemon Town. Gie la kat link ni http://www.immell.com/Pages/BTDT/Asia/Japan-WT2000/Doraemon.html.

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by wanadeka on March 15, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    thanx tay!!! mama aemon sgt teruja & bangga dgn aemon nya. kalah anime lain. yes!!=p

    Reply

  2. Posted by wanadeka on March 15, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    kalo aku g doraemon town tu aku xmo balik. xkira! xmo balik! nak bwk semua anak2 aku tinggal kat situ. best nyerrrr….

    Reply

  3. Posted by wanadeka on March 15, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    brita ni jugak ada kat animenewsnetwork.com.

    Reply

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