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Cool Japan Fund to build theaters in Osaka

New attractions to showcase Japanese culture, traditional arts

The theaters plan to draw in foreign tourists with Japanese traditional arts such as bunraku.

TOKYO -- A Japanese public-private fund will construct theaters in Osaka to showcase Japanese culture and arts, hoping to entertain the booming number of foreign tourists visiting the city with activities besides eating and shopping.

Throughout the evening, the theaters will show Japanese traditional arts such as rakugo, bunraku and kabuki as well as musicals based on Japanese anime. They also will offer simultaneous interpretation and subtitles that can be displayed on smartphones.

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