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The 14th Japan International MANGA Award Winner Announcement

December 16, 2020
  1. The Japan International MANGA Award is given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to MANGA artists who have contributed to the promotion of MANGA culture overseas and international cultural exchanges through MANGA. This year marks its 14th anniversary and we have received 383 entries from 61 countries and regions. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was difficult for many applicants to submit their MANGA in printed form. Therefore we decided to accept electronic submissions for the first time and it resulted in the record-high number of entries to the award.
  2. Following the selection process carried out in cooperation with the Association of MANGA Publishers, and the selection committee of the Award led by Ms. SATONAKA Machiko (Manga artist), a total of 15 winners, including one Gold Award and three Silver Award winners were chosen. Although we have a lot of entries from Taiwan, where MANGA culture is widely accepted, this is the first time for a Taiwanese to get the Gold Award.
  3. The award presentation ceremony for the 14th Japan International MANGA Award will be held in Tokyo next February in an online format for the first time.
  4. Winners
  • (1) Gold Award
    Title of Work:
    Funeral director
    WEILI JOMING (Taiwan)
  • (2) Silver Award
    Title of Work:
    A graphic novel adaptation by Ruan Guang-Min of selected stories from THE ILLUSIONIST ON THE SKYWALK AND OTHER STORIES by Wu Ming-Yi
    Guang-Min Ruan (Taiwan)
    Original author:
    Ming-Yi Wu (Taiwan)
    Title of Work:
    ORIOL (Spain)
    Original author:
    ZIDROU (Belgium)
    Title of Work:
    Bu Lang Ni (China)
【Reference 1:Japan International MANGA Award】
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs founded the Japan International MANGA Award in 2007 for the purpose of expanding international exchange and mutual understanding through world-famous MANGA culture.
This award aims to honor MANGA artists who contribute to the development of MANGA culture in the world.
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【Reference 2:Application】
There were 383 entries from 61 countries and regions this year, which was record-high number of entries. Countries and regions with most entries are Taiwan (1st: 46 entries), China (2nd: 33 entries), Thailand (3rd: 29 entries).
【Reference 3:Members of the Jury of the Award】
  • Ms. SATONAKA Machiko, Manga artist 【chairperson】
  • Ms. AKAMATSU Ken, Manga artist
  • Ms. NAGANO Noriko , Manga artist
  • Mr. FUJITA Tsutomu, former Publisher
  • Mr. YOSHITOME Hiroyuki, former Publisher
【Reference 4:Members of the Executive Committee of the Award】
  • Mr. MOTEGI Toshimitsu, Minister for Foreign Affairs【chairman】
  • Mr. UMEMOTO Kazuyoshi, President, Japan Foundation
  • Ms. SHIRAISHI Saya, Professor emeritus, Tokyo University
  • Mr. SUGIYAMA Kotaro, President, LIGHTPUBLICITY Co. Ltd.,
  • Mr. Frederik L. SCHODT, American translator, interpreter and writer
  • Mr. YOKOTA Kiyoshi, Auditor, SHOGAKUKAN Co. Ltd.,

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