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Announcement of Winners of the Ninth International MANGA Award

February 18, 2016

1. The International MANGA Award is given by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to MANGA artists who have contributed to the promotion of MANGA overseas. There were 259 entries from 46 countries and regions this year.

2. Following the selection process carried out in cooperation with the Association of MANGA Publishers, and the Jury of the Award led by Ms. Machiko Satonaka (Manga artist). A total of 14 winners, including one Gold Award work and three Silver Award works were chosen.
The Gold Award goes to an entry from the State of Israel. It is the first time that an entry from the state of Israel wins the award.

3. On February 26, a ceremony for the Ninth International MANGA Award will be held in Tokyo with the participation of the Gold and Silver winners.

4. Winners (PDF)Open a New Window

(1) Gold Award

Title of Work: The Divine
Artist: Mr. Asaf Hanuka, Mr. Tomer Hanuka & Mr. Boaz Lavie

(State of Israel)

(2) Silver Award


Title of Work: DEMO#1 vol.1
Artist: Mr. ROCKAT (Taiwan)


Title of Work: Holy Dragon Imperator
Artist: Mr. Nguyen Thanh Phong & Nguyen Khanh Duong (Viet Nam)


Title of Work: Ichthyophobia
Artist: Mr. Li Lung-chieh (Taiwan)

【Reference 1:International MANGA Award】
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs founded the International MANGA Award in 2007 for the purpose of expanding international exchange and mutual understanding through the MANGA culture which is widely accepted around the world.
This award honors the MANGA artists who contributes to the development of MANGA culture in the world.

The Official Website of The International MANGA AwardOpen a New Window

【Reference 2:Application】
There were 259 entries from 46 countries and regions this year. Countries and regions with most applications are as follows: 1st Thailand: 43 applications, 2nd Taiwan: 35 applications, 3rd Brazil: 34 applications.

【Reference 3:Members of the Jury of the Award】

Ms. Machiko SATONAKA, Manga artist 【chairperson】
Mr. Yoshimi KURATA, Manga artist
Ms. Kimie SHIGA, Manga artist
Mr. Noboru HIROTA, Publisher
Mr. Riki FUJITA, Publisher

【Reference 4:Members of the Executive Committee of the Award】

Mr. Fumio KISHIDA, Minister for Foreign Affairs【chairman】
Mr. Kiyoshi YOKOTA, Executive Director, SHOGAKUKAN Co. Ltd.,
Ms. Saya SHIRAISHI, Professor emeritus, Tokyo University
Mr. Kotaro SUGIYAMA, President, LIGHTPUBLICITY Co. Ltd.,
Mr. Frederik L. Schodt, American translator, interpreter and writer
Mr. Hiroyasu ANDO, President, Japan Foundation

【Reference 5:Trophy】
Trophies of the International MANGA Award are designed by Mr. Taku SATO, a renowned graphic artist in Japan since the 1st International MANGA award.

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