Recently, Doraemon (a popular Japanese anime character) recieved his official assignment letter from Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura. The character will appear in films to be shown in Japanese missions overseas, talking about the country's lifestyle and customs.
"By appointing Doraemon, we hope people in other countries will understand Japanese anime better and deepen their interest in Japanese culture," said Yuko Hotta, a foreign ministry official.Wow. Cool. I would have voted for Astro Boy though. Guess, we know Japan's stance on used half-naked Japanese robot boys as Government symbols.