The Manga Festival in Singapore will be held on Feb. 15-17 to present Japanese comics in a more comprehensive manner.
An exhibition of Japanese comics, a lecture meeting, a business forum to promote exchanges among participants and an autograph-signing session by professional manga artists will be offered.
The festival will be held as part of the 2012 Japan International Contents Festival (CoFesta), which promotes the Japanese content development industry.
The event is organized by the Manga Festival in Singapore Executive Committee, whose main body is the Japanese 10 Manga Publishers Association comprising Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc. and eight other leading publishers. Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry also serves as co-organizer.
Started in 2007, CoFesta is intended to promote the charms of Japanese content abroad. The Tokyo International Film Festival, the Tokyo Game Show, the Ceatec Japan consumer electronics exhibition and other events are held as part of CoFesta.
The organizer says it aims to improve the international competitiveness of Japanese publishers and develop business opportunities in ASEAN countries from Singapore.
The Singaporean government, related agencies and organizations, publishers, broadcasters, telecommunications carriers and other entities will join the business forum where participants can exchange information.
During the lecture meeting, publisher Kadokawa Group Holdings Inc. Chairman Tsuguhiko Kadokawa will give a keynote speech on the future of e-books.
Yoshiaki Koga, head of the International Business Division at Kodansha Ltd., will talk about "Suraj--The Rising Star," an Indian adaptation of a Japanese popular animated TV series.
Online registration for the forum is accepted at the official website.
The business forum and the lecture meeting will take place at the Mandarin Orchard hotel, while the manga exhibition will be held at the Arts House.
The autograph session, on Feb. 16 at bookstore Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store, Crossroads, will feature popular manga artists Yaro Abe (author of "Shinya Shokudo"), Masayuki Ishikawa ("Moyashimon: Tales of Agriculture") and Mine Yoshizaki ("Sgt. Frog").
For more information, go to the official website at (http://www.mangafestival2013.com/).
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