Tottori Prefecture will serve as host of the 13th International Manga Summit on Nov. 7-11 at Yonago Convention Center in Yonago city.
Conferences and other programs involving industry professionals from home and abroad will be offered at the event to encourage exchange among manga artists, prefectural officials said.
The manga summit was launched to bring together comic artists from East Asian countries and regions to bolster interaction and promote manga culture.
Member nations and regions take turns hosting the annual event, with the previous installment held in Beijing from Oct. 21 to 24, 2011.
For 2012, the Tottori prefectural government threw its hat in the ring to host the event.
Officials set up a preparatory committee on Nov. 18 last year. They aim to bring manga artists and local residents together to successfully run the event.
Manga-themed programs, including a symposium, forum and convention, as well as the award-giving ceremony for the first Manga Okoku Tottori (Manga Kingdom Tottori) international manga contest, will be held at the venue.
The prefectural government is also set to promote the charms of the area under the theme "Food and Ocean."
Using the summit as leverage, the officials intend to raise the image of the prefecture through manga.
With many famous manga artists born and bred in the prefecture, the Tottori prefectural government plans to make further efforts to come up with manga-related regional incentives in 2012.
An international manga exhibition featuring about 1,000 works will be held on the sidelines of the summit.
Officials also aim to draw attention to the prefectural government-led Manga Okoku Tottori regional promotional program. Under the scheme, an international manga expo will be held from August until November to celebrate the launch year.
A manga and anime fair is also scheduled for November.
Visit the prefectural government's official website at (http://yokoso.pref.tottori.jp/dd.aspx?menuid=3032)
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