Japan to Create Manga-support Fund

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, center, receives illustrations drawn by manga artists Machiko Satonaka, left, and Tetsuya Chiba during a meeting with a bipartisan manga caucus at the Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday.

The government plans to financially support the nation’s manga culture.

Speaking Wednesday at a meeting of a bipartisan manga caucus, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he intended to include the expenses in an economic stimulus package to be approved by the Cabinet on Thursday.

The caucus — chaired by House of Representatives member Keiji Furuya of the Liberal Democratic Party — submitted a written request on the day, asking for the establishment of a national facility for the preservation and utilization of manga.

“We need a cultural facility and a training program for creators,” Kishida said. “We intend to create a system that will endure through the years.”