Further proof of the growing influence of anime in Japanese politics: The foreign ministry announced Friday it was appointing the cartoon cat Doraemon as the nation’s first “anime ambassador,” in Japan’s latest effort to promote its soft power through its animation industry. Doraemon — or at least a person dressed as the earless, blue-and-white cat — will receive his official assignment letter from Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura in a ceremony scheduled for Wednesday.
- He’s got just as much foreign policy experience as either of our last two presidents did before taking office.
- They should have gone with Totoro.
- If they ever figure out a way to weaponize cute cartoon characters Japan will rule the world.