Takashi Murakami Isn’t Part of the Government’s “Cool Japan” Program

Drawing a line in the sand, Takashi Murakami said on Twitter, “”Cool Japan” is a program supported by the Japanese government and various companies that promotes modern Japanese culture such as anime and manga abroad. Murakami stated that he has “absolutely no connection to ‘Cool Japan.’” He goes further, “”I can’t understand why artists get involved with the gimmicks of ad agencies who are simply trying to turn a profit with ‘Cool Japan.’” Murakami called for advertising agencies and administrators to stop inviting him to events and interviews related to the initiative.” (Animenewsnetwork – Takashi Murakami)

Cool Japan is a government initiative. A little more is explained here. (Brand Channel – Cool Japan)


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