Tokyo International Anime fair Cancelled?


The Tokyo International Anime fair, held in March, may be cancelled, after a industry boycott of 10 publishers in protest to the new bans on any content deemed unfit by the Tokyo government (the chart above gives a graphical display of the boycott). While may be unsuprising for Shintaro Ishihara and his cohorts, who spearheaded the campaign, it will be a big blow for the Japanese government, who wish to quadruple anime and Manga exports by 2020 as part of their ‘cool Japan’ campaign.
The only things that can save the event, if is the law is repealed, or if the publishers stop the boycott and accept defeat- both of which seem very unlikely at this moment in time.


One thought on “Tokyo International Anime fair Cancelled?

  1. It doesn’t have to be a major blow for the Japanese government, since this is only a state law, not a national one. Tokyo’s adjoining states; Chiba, Saitama and Kanagawa; have no such bans in place, and some manga companies are setting up a new venue in Chiba state.

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