As part of the growing Cool Japan initiative, the Japanese government is looking to create and construct a manga hub for the country’s residents and tourists alike, in time for the influx surrounding the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The National Manga Centre, as it has been named, would function as a museum of Japanese pop culture, including anime, manga and video games, and it’s being developed by a bipartisan group involving members of the Liberal Democratic Party and the Democratic Party of Japan, among others, led by chairman Keiji Furuya.

When built, with the cost of construction and upkeep estimated at approximately 10 billion yen, the National Manga Centre would stand as a branch of the National Diet Library, and would be used to preserve and curate examples of Japan’s rich history in popular media as cultural artifacts. But in addition, there are plans for the building to be used as an inspirational hotspot for aspiring artists, and hold classes for a new generation of creators across all the mediums that branch out from pop culture.

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