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#1 Luvdisc

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 09:35 AM

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TOKYO - Japan has created an unusual government post to promote animation, together with named a perfect figure Wednesday to the position: a popular cartoon robot cat named Doraemon.

Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura appointed the cat an "anime ambassador," handing a human-sized Doraemon doll an official certificate at an inauguration ceremony, along with dozens of "dorayaki" red bean pancakes — his favorite dessert — piled on a huge plate.

Komura told the doll, with an unidentified person inside, that he hoped he would widely promote Japanese animated cartoons, or "anime."
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"Doraemon, I hope you will travel around the world as an anime ambassador to deepen people's understanding of Japan so they will become friends with Japan," Komura told the blue-together with-white cat.

The appointment is part of Japan's recent effort to harness the power of pop culture in diplomacy. Japan in addition created an International Manga Award last year under comic enthusiast former Foreign Minister Taro Aso, who likened it to a Nobel Prize for an artist working abroad.

Manga, the name used for Japanese-style comic books, often combines complex stories with drawing styles that differ from their overseas superhero counterparts, particularly in their emphasis on cuteness.

This year, the ministry plans to arrange showings of a Doraemon film in Singapore, China, Spain, France together with at other Japanese diplomatic missions around the world.

Doraemon — through voice actress Wasabi Mizuta, who spoke from behind a sliding paper screen — promised Komura that "through my cartoons, I hope to convey to people abroad what ordinary Japanese people think, our lifestyles together with what kind of future we want to build."

Created by cartoonist Fujiko F. Fujio, Doraemon is a Japanese cultural icon together with is popular around the world, especially in Asia. The robotic cat travels back in time from the 22nd century together with uses gadgets such as a "time machine" together with an "anywhere door" that come out of a fourth-dimensional pocket on his stomach to help his friends, allowing them to travel anywhere together with to any time they wish.

Astro Boy, another cartoon icon, was named in November as ambassador for overseas safety.

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Even Astro Boy is getting a political position..... Go Figure....

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#2 Jester

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 09:40 AM

man japan is so weird

imagine giving a fictional character a political position anywhere else on earth

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 12:49 PM

Doraemon, as much as I love him, is a terrible choice for office.  Anyone who's seen him knows he's REALLY irresponsible.

edit: the "help his friends" part of the article is misleading too, because although he is TRYING to help his friends, he usually makes things worse

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#4 big ass skelly

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 12:52 PM

As my friend occasionally says, "Japan is fucking weird"

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 01:13 PM

maybe there shall one day be an anime president

#6 Ruthless X

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 01:18 PM

My dad decided to cut this out the paper and wake me up with it this morning....can't wait till I go to university.
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Posted 21 March 2008 - 01:19 PM

My dad decided to cut this out the paper and wake me up with it this morning....can't wait till I go to university.


I pictured this big tall guy with a huge, absurd smile walking into your room sideways (almost GAME AND WATCH style) with this article then he gently lays it down directly onto your face then walks back out the same way he came in.

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 03:06 PM

Archie Andrews will become governor of Massachusetts someday

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 03:28 PM

I don't know but I really think it's cool.

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#10 Kaworu

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 03:36 PM

man japan is so weird

imagine giving a fictional character a political position anywhere else on earth

I dunno I mean we had John Prescott Fred Flintstone.

#11 Artis Leon Ivey Jr

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 03:38 PM

Norway did it first and with a better national product.
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#12 Dale Gobbler

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 03:54 PM

Penguins aren't anime!!1one >:O

That's pretty cool though, he looked pretty bad ass walking past the guards.

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 03:57 PM

Norway did it first and with a better national product.

oh man that's pretty fucking awesome.

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#14 Shepperd

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 05:15 PM

so what it is? something like Gorillaz gone political?

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 06:09 PM

Norway did it first and with a better national product.


LOL that's the coolest thing I've seen this month.

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 08:05 PM

Norway did it first and with a better national product.

whoa ive never heard about this but this is pretty cool! damn what have i missed :(

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Posted 21 March 2008 - 08:29 PM

Norway did it first and with a better national product.


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Posted 21 March 2008 - 08:33 PM

We did this before! A Dutch cartoon (or anime, as it was animated in Japan) character, Alfred J. Kwak, was made UNICEF ambassador for children's rights in 2003. (Wiki article doesn't seem to state it, but Google it if you want specifics.)


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Posted 21 March 2008 - 09:06 PM

Bugs Bunny would make a far better president than any republican or democrat.  All wars would be fought from the skies by dropping anvils on the enemy and negotiations would involve cross dressing to seduce foreign ambassadors.
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Posted 21 March 2008 - 09:11 PM

Bugs Bunny would make a far better president than any republican or democrat.  All wars would be fought from the skies by dropping anvils on the enemy and negotiations would involve cross dressing to seduce foreign ambassadors.


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