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Japanese art school 'sows the seeds' of manga in China

Comic course at Chinese university led by renowned creator from Japan

The main character from “Ashita no Joe (Tomorrow’s Joe),” a boxing manga created by Tetsuya Chiba.   © Asao Takamori, Tetsuya Chiba/Mushi Production

UTSUNOMIYA, Japan -- An acclaimed Japanese art school is drawing on the passion and expertise of its legendary manga artist-cum-president to nurture Chinese manga hopefuls.

"There are many Chinese who say they love Japanese manga," says Tetsuya Chiba, the renowned creator of "Ashita no Joe (Tomorrow's Joe)" and president of Bunsei University of Art in Tochigi Prefecture. "We look to sow the seeds of Japanese manga in various places."

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