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Japan manga publisher starts English version online

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Japan Today reported: “Shogakukan Inc, in a rare move as a Japanese publisher, has started to allow people in the United States to read English versions of ‘‘manga’’ comic stories on the Internet at the same time as it publishes the original printed versions in Japan. The quick distribution of the ‘‘authorized’’ English version is aimed at discouraging wrongdoers from making illegal replicas of Japanese comics mainly in the United States and Europe, the publishing house said.”

You can check out Shogakukan’s ‘‘Rin-ne’’ by popular manga artist Rumiko Takahashi on the VIZ Media LLC based in San Francisco, here.

3 Comments

  1. Jun Okumura Jun Okumura April 27, 2009

    Sadly, it is not available in Japan. Think Hulu.

  2. Mark Mark May 27, 2009

    I couldn’t get anything from clicking on the link too… and I’m in Australia.

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