Sunday, November 12
Not too surprising
The Yomiuri Shimbun
An advisory panel to Foreign Minister Taro Aso that was established to improve cooperation and understanding between Japan and other countries has drawn up a report proposing the use of Japanese pop culture, including comics and anime, as a diplomatic tool, sources said Saturday.
Article is here.
Japanese recognition of pop culture as basis of improving the nation's relationship is noted and guess what; anime is one of the major keys in this aspect. Now here, I can go a bit too far but there is possibility that thanks to Internet tools like broadband and YouTube, anime meme become very common and easily available through the world. It would be crazy for Japanese Foreign Ministry not to use it as tool to break some ice after all.