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Japan's starving anime artists get hand from Chinese producers

Tencent seeks talent as poor work conditions haunt birthplace of art form

Tokyo studio Colored Pencil Animation, which is owned by a Chinese company, pays its artists more than the industry average. (Photo by Rei Nakafuji)

TOKYO -- Chinese streaming providers are increasingly hunting for talent among animators in Japan, the land where anime was born but whose own industry has fallen on tough times.

At a small office building in Machida, a residential area outside of downtown Tokyo, several men and women recently were busy drawing what looked like a Shinto shrine gate on tablets using stylus pens. It looks like a typical anime studio in Japan.

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