We should do this: Manga written to explain economic policy


Politics and legislation are terribly boring things to study and keep track of, yet remain critically important to the maintenance of society. It's a great challenge to keep people both young and old interested and active in the affairs of their government while also preventing them from getting exasperated at its bureaucratic absurdities and petty squabbles.

There are many ways to go about this, and in Glorious Nippon, it seems one of them is to print some manga. The Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry (METI) has published a manga entitled Nihon no Mirai wa Nozomi ni Omakase! ~ Manga de Wakaru Keizai Seichou Senryaku ~ (Count on our Hopes [Nozomi] for Japan's Future! ~ Understanding the New Economic Growth Policy through Manga ~).

The manga uses a charismatic high-school "Management Consultant" named Nozomi Mitsuno (a wordplay on "Hope for Light") and her female rival. Targeted at high school and college students and yuppies, the manga makes understanding METI's new policy fun! The manga was writted by Midoi Natsu and illustrated by Hitori Renda.

This is a great idea. Manga's ubiquity in Japan ensures that at least some people will read it, if only for the moe. I think that something along these lines should be done in support of the current U.S. healthcare reform. Healthcare is especially suited to being distilled into manga format, since they specialize in humans interacting.

What other critical political/legislative issues would you like to see made into manga? I've already got Spice and Wolf, so medieval business is covered on my end.

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