Meiji University to supply China school with manga, anime for reading room

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Meiji University has signed an agreement with China’s Peking University to establish a reading room for Japanese manga and anime books and related materials offered by Meiji University, officials of the Tokyo-based university have said.

The signing ceremony was held at Peking University’s Post and Telecom Conference Center in Beijing on Nov. 23, with senior officials from both universities participating. They included Meiji University Vice President Toshio Harigaya and Peking University Vice President Wu Zhipan, they said.

Under the agreement, the two universities will work together to promote Japanese manga and anime culture in China, they said.

Meiji University will provide materials such as comic books to Peking University, while Peking University will operate the reading room, whose opening date has yet to be announced.

Further discussions will be held to settle details of the plan, they added.

Meiji University has been engaged in the study, promotion and international cultural exchange of J-pop culture, mainly through its School of Global Japanese Studies, which opened in 2008.

The university’s Manga Library was set up in 2009 when it received an offer of the contents of the Contemporary Manga Library Naiki Collection, a private library in Tokyo’s Waseda district with a collection of about 180,000 items.

It continues to be operated by its founder, manga collector and director Toshio Naiki.

Together with the university’s Yoshihiro Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subcultures, which opened in 2009, the Contemporary Manga Library Naiki Collection will serve as the basis for the Tokyo International Manga Library, to be opened in 2014 as a comprehensive cultural center devoted to Japanese manga, anime and video game for the purposes of preservation, studies and exhibitions.

The Naiki Collection, one of the largest of that kind in Japan, has many comic books dating from the 1950s through to the early 1960s, when the manga culture began to spread in Japan.

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