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Dozens of Japan’s Earliest Animated Films Put Online to Mark 100 Years of Anime

“To mark a century of Japanese animation, the Film Center at Tokyo’s National Museum of Modern Art has posted 64 short films from 1917 to 1941 on a Japanese Animated Film Classics website. The films include The Dull Sword from 1917, credited as the oldest surviving Japanese animated production. Other works include Japanese and Western fairy tales, public information films and pre-war propaganda films.” (via Hollywood Reporter)

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Japan plans to open national manga museum

“Japan is working on a Manga National Center project as one of its “Cool Japan” strategies. The key feature of the project is a plan to open a museum to collect and exhibit such items as original artwork from Japanese manga and anime that are popular internationally.The government aims to open the facility as early as the spring of 2020, prior to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, to attract both domestic and foreign tourists.Costs for establishing the museum are estimated at about 10 billion yen (about $90 million), which the government plans to cover partly with funds from the private sector while keeping public expenses to a minimum.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Japan librarians cry foul over leaked Murakami reading list

“A war of words has erupted between privacy-advocating librarians and a newspaper after it published a snapshot of the high-school reading habits of Japan’s foremost literary son Haruki Murakami. Leaked library borrowing cards from half a century ago revealed the teenage Murakami — nowadays a perennial contender for the Nobel literature prize — checked out several titles by French writer Joseph Kessel. But the Japan Library Association on Monday lashed out at what it said was an invasion of the publicity-shy writer’s privacy.” (via Yahoo)

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Japan PM to visit Anne Frank House after vandalism

“Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam this weekend to express regret over the vandalism at Tokyo libraries of hundreds of books related to the young Holocaust victim, a Japanese official said Thursday. Abe will visit the museum Sunday, a day before he attends the Nuclear Security Summit in the Hague, the official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to discuss the appearance publicly.” (via AP)

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Anonymous Donor Sends Anne Frank Books to Tokyo Libraries

“While investigators continue to be baffled by the vandalism in Tokyo libraries of over 300 Japanese copies of Anne Frank’s “The Diary of A Young Girl” and related books, people are already stepping in to replace the damaged works. Since late January, a total of 308 books, including copies of Anne Frank’s diaries, and books about her and the Holocaust, have had pages ripped out at libraries in the Tokyo area. Damaged books were reported at 38 libraries in the Tokyo metropolitan area, with local media reporting similar incidents in neighboring Yokohama. Authorities have yet to come up with any motive and public libraries are strengthening their security and relocating books that might be targeted to near check-out counters.” (via WSJ)

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