Japan and China’s cartoon diplomacy

Prime ministers mulling joint animation festival

Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao are mulling the launch of a joint Japan-China toon festival as well as a joint pic and TV drama week.

The two men met Monday during Wen’s Japan visit, which aims to strengthen ties between their respective countries. Cultural exchanges were high on the agenda, according to local reports.

The China Cartoon and Animation Festival held its sixth edition in Hangzhou in April, but there is no similar event for Japanese toons in China. The Tokyo Anime Fair, which has unspooled annually in March since 2002, features booths by Chinese toon companies, but there is no stand-alone event in Japan specializing in Chinese toons.

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