Application for 7th Int’l Manga Award starts April 15

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On March 21, Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida, who serves as the chair of the Seventh International Manga Award Executive Committee, announced the award’s schedule for submission of entries.

The application period is from April 15 to May 31. Applications should be sent to each of Japan’s diplomatic missions (excluding permanent missions) or the post office box of the Seventh International Manga Award directly. Below are the addresses:

Japan Information and Culture Center P.O. Box 117  Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, 2627 Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City 1300 Philippines; and The Seventh International Manga Award Executive Committee  P.O. Box MBE 715  Yanagiya Taiyo Building 1F, Nihombashi Muromachi 4-3-16 Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0022, Japan.

The International Manga Award was established in May 2007 upon the initiative of then Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Aso, with the aim of awarding manga creators who contribute to the spread of manga culture overseas.

It has been held annually since its founding. This year as well, the Seventh International Manga Award Executive Committee decided to hold the 7th International Manga Award.

The best manga from among all of the submitted works will be given the Gold Award. The next three best manga will receive the Silver Award.

The winners will be invited to Japan by the Japan Foundation to attend the award ceremony. During their stay in Japan, the winners will also have exchanges of opinions with Japanese manga creators and visit publishing companies and other places.

For more information and to download the application form and guidelines, visit: http://www.manga-award.jp/en/award_7th.html

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