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Japanese Government Invests $2.2 Million In Young Animator Training

by dtshyk
May 3, 2010 9:40 PM | 38 Comments
According to Anime!Anime!, The Agency of Cultural Affairs of Japan invested 214 million yen ($2.26 million) in "Young Animator Training Project" and entrusted the execution of the project to Japan Animation Creators Association (JaniCA). JaniCA will produce four original anime (23 min long with OP and ED sequences) in cooperation with four production studios by the end of next January. Young animators will receive on-the-job-trainings under the supervision of professional anime creators. The anime works are planned to be shown on TV or at anime events.

Young animators are generally trained while they work on in-between animations, but such opportunities are diminishing since anime producers have been outsourcing the process to China, South Korea, and South East Asian countries.

The previous Aso government had launched National Comprehensive Center of Media Arts project, commonly known as "The Anime Hall of Fame" last year and prepared a budget of 11.7 billion yen ($123 million). However, the current Hatoyama administration criticized that it's a waste of money and dropped it. JaniCa was one of the proposers of the project and has been lobbying for improvement of the environment of young animators.

Singapore Media Development Bureau has launched International Animation Fundation and will donate maximum $3.65 million per one anime work through the fund.

Sources: Anime!Anime!, JaniCa official blog, Kamimura Sachiko's blog, Japanimate

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BrickBreak said:
brono11 said:
shouldn't that money go towards higher salaries for current animators??
Ever heard of something called "the future"?
Apparently not. But hey, let's concentrate on the now and get fucked over when the current workers die and/or retire right?

Seriously though, I hate people who fail to see the bigger picture. Whatever they can do stimulate the stagnant japanese anime industry is a good thing. There's been too much outsourcing lately.

May 16, 2011 11:11 AM by Leon-Gun

brono11 said:
shouldn't that money go towards higher salaries for current animators??
Ever heard of something called "the future"?

May 16, 2011 9:50 AM by BrickBreak

Navarr said:
Tsuki-Hime said:
JusticeGundam said:
All this just so they can make 3 dollars an hour.

Giggity.

I read something like this on sankakucomplex long time ago but i couldn't believe that. so can someone confirm, did they really get only $3/hour?


If there is a "$3/hr" quote going around, I'm sure it would be due to a fact like this:

Each animator was paid a general stipend for their work. The animators, working hard and doing their best, spent many hours on their work. When it came down to it, then, the stipend divided by the hours was $3/hr.

This is probably how it went down if that is true, at all.

i recently read in a manga which was published in back 2008 that ¥800/hr (nearly $10) is the minimum payment for any worker and i think author stated a fact. so why would animators will work for $3/hr in 2011 when other easy jobs can get them more money.

May 16, 2011 6:50 AM by Han-yuu

Tsuki-Hime said:
JusticeGundam said:
All this just so they can make 3 dollars an hour.

Giggity.

I read something like this on sankakucomplex long time ago but i couldn't believe that. so can someone confirm, did they really get only $3/hour?


If there is a "$3/hr" quote going around, I'm sure it would be due to a fact like this:

Each animator was paid a general stipend for their work. The animators, working hard and doing their best, spent many hours on their work. When it came down to it, then, the stipend divided by the hours was $3/hr.

This is probably how it went down if that is true, at all.

Apr 1, 2011 1:00 AM by Navarr

Tsuki-Hime said:
JusticeGundam said:
All this just so they can make 3 dollars an hour.

Giggity.

I read something like this on sankakucomplex long time ago but i couldn't believe that. so can someone confirm, did they really get only $3/hour?


Most probably not, sankaku is retarded as well.
You can't live in Japan with a job at 3$/h and I also beleive that there is a minimum salary there,

Mar 26, 2011 6:21 AM by Shangetsu

well they needed it when generation changes, we can't have them work forever

Mar 25, 2011 9:20 PM by leeahseng

JusticeGundam said:
All this just so they can make 3 dollars an hour.

Giggity.

I read something like this on sankakucomplex long time ago but i couldn't believe that. so can someone confirm, did they really get only $3/hour?

Mar 25, 2011 7:02 PM by Han-yuu

Meaningless.

May 5, 2010 10:54 PM by siokan

This is their way to stimulate companies to give jobs to Japanese people.

It's a good thing.

May 5, 2010 3:16 PM by ladyxzeus

well at least they wont be NEETS lol

May 4, 2010 6:52 PM by kisami

At least it's more productive then the US Government wasting money on war and poor people.

May 4, 2010 3:28 PM by Hakua

Well, they're going to help getting more employees this way, so it helps. If there's only a few people in the business, but they're all being paid well, we aren't really improving, as less people are entering the industry. We can't just say "Fuck you" to the employees, but we can't blow all the money on them either. The next benefit should go to the already hired employees though.

May 4, 2010 3:25 PM by _Me_

Creativity is high when people suffer, so i guess thats the reason behind their low salary. It works also on me lol.

May 4, 2010 1:23 PM by fichi_zulla

I think this isn't count as bad news, it's like giving chances to the next generation to develop and to create better shows. I'm looking forward to the production~

May 4, 2010 11:11 AM by sayami

wow. interesting.

May 4, 2010 10:34 AM by zenith_kim94

i guess more job for people

May 4, 2010 7:09 AM by Mr_Gutts

Dunkjoe said:
Um am I wrong or is Singapore Media Development Bureau contributing more than The Agency of Cultural Affairs of Japan?

Not sure if this shows anything serious...


It's maximum of 3++ million.

...although I wonder why they don't spend it inside Singapore itself. OUR ANIMATION SUCKS.

May 4, 2010 6:39 AM by Ambivalence

Ceska said:
brono11 said:
shouldn't that money go towards higher salaries for current animators??

How? By putting animators on government salary? Or by giving subsidies to animation studios?
One makes fans watch the work of bureaucrats, the other sounds like European unemployed programs. Not sure I'd be all too happy about either.

What plenty of people here seem to miss is that the government doesn't pay animators, nor does it set the wages for them. That's the responsibility of unions and employers.
And even if said money would get to subsidies for animation studios, who says they'd go to animators wages? I'd rather the government kept out of such decisions and spend money were it is supposed to, like education of its citizens. Which is exactly what this report states.
So, in my eyes commendable.


Erh, I would like to ask about
" I'd rather the government kept out of such decisions and spend money were it is supposed to, like education of its citizens. Which is exactly what this report states.
So, in my eyes commendable."

Subsidies for certain sectors of the economy is really important, especially 1 that is a unique trait of their society. The government SHOULD intervene when there's a need.
And please spare a thought for animators as well, I do believe they do work quite hard for quite little cash.

And most importantly, spending cash where it's supposed to... have you heard about the "bridges to nowhere"? Go do a google search. I'm not implying anything.

May 4, 2010 5:46 AM by Dunkjoe

Um am I wrong or is Singapore Media Development Bureau contributing more than The Agency of Cultural Affairs of Japan?

Not sure if this shows anything serious...

May 4, 2010 5:40 AM by Dunkjoe

Justice316 said:
All this just so they can make 3 dollars an hour.

Giggity.


The life of a true hard-working artist isn't "luxurious". That goes for manga/anime artists as well. Still, they deserve better pay.

May 4, 2010 4:49 AM by TerrorH3ctor

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