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Netflix to help nurture young animators in Japan

US streaming company to pay tuition and living costs to expand original content

Japanese anime is a powerful form of content for attracting users to Netflix. (Photo by Hiromi Sato)

TOKYO -- Netflix will financially support young animators in Japan as part of its efforts to expand its original content in the long run, as a shortage of animators is being felt even in the traditionally talent-rich country.

Tokyo-based anime production company WIT Studio, a partner of Netflix, will launch WIT Animator Academy in April, according to the U.S. streaming company. The curriculum will be developed by a video training center owned by anime production company Sasayuri and supervised by Netflix.

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