Let's Turn Tokyo Into Anime Land, Says Politician 

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Former Japanese Defence Ministry Yuriko Koike is currently running for Tokyo governor. Among her ideas to is to leverage anime. Because anime is real.

While in Tokyo's geek district Akihabara, Koike talked about how last Halloween she dressed as Sally from Sally the Witch, an early magical girl anime. Kioke added that she wants the anime industry to grow and talked about supporting Comic Market, a twice-a-year event in Tokyo.

Anime is big business in Japan, so this isn't an unusual thing for a politician to say. It's an industry which might need more political support. If Koike is serious about this (and online in Japan, people seem sceptical), hopefully she'll have a plan to address the anime industry's working conditions.

This could be further reaching than areas like Akihabara or Ikebukuro. Daily Sports quotes Koike, who served as the country's Minister of Defence in 2007, as actually saying she wants to turn "all of Tokyo" into "anime land" (アニメランド or animerando).

Good timing, what, with the 2020 Neo Tokyo Olympics coming up...


    Good anime? Or fanservice anime...

      If she's gonna address the anime industry's working conditions, this could lead to better pay, not over-relying on popular stuff to sell (i.e. most fanservice anime) in order to make money thus allowing more time and effort to creativity and making more better quality anime.

      well if it's working conditions and wage issues that get targeted then its probably likely that yes, more "good" anime will be released rather than fanservice, ecchi, harem shows. However sex sells and the market is driven by the wants and needs of the consumer so we could just end up with higher quality fanservice shows, potentially. But then again if the problems stated are attacked and progress is made then I would like to think it is more likely that studios will stop trying to make a quick buck with ecchi/fanservice shows and do more creative/passion projects (good is subjective) but who knows, there's just not enough money being made at multiple levels of the industry (especially since the US market is still sceptical of the value of the market and investing in bringing anime offshore in bulk), but it could be a start and any progress is good :) #rantover

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