Kyoto looks into petition for “Special content zone” of film, anime, manga

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 木曜日, 1月 5, 2012 - Save & Share - Leave a Comment

According the Kyoto Shimbun paper, Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto City, and the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry are considering a petition to make Kyoto into a “special content zone” to promote local production of films, anime, and manga.

As such a zone, the area may receive special economic or other laws that replace nationwide laws to aid the development of local content industries and encourage foreign involvement.

Uzumasa Movie Village
Some of the Kyoto officials’ proposed changes would ease restrictions on the use of explosives in outdoor locations such as roads and simplify the process for foreigners involved with film, anime, and manga to receive visas.

Headquarters of Nintendo

The number of young creators in Kyoto is increasing, and officials hope to support their efforts.

Kyoto International Manga Museum

The Kyoto area is already home to film studios, the Kyoto International Manga Museum, the Japanese headquarters of the Nintendo video game company, and various anime production studios.

Kyoto representatives believe that promoting local production of films, anime, and manga could also bolster the area’s established tourism, film costume, and other industries.

Kyoto may intend to be the city of “Cool Japan”.

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