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April 06, 2004

Anime Sparks Japanese Word Boom

An article in the Mainichi Shimbun looks at how the growing popularity of Japanese anime (cartoons) and manga (comic books) abroad is bringing more and more Japanese words into common use, at least among young fans. Words like "kawaii", "otaku" and "hentai" may have their English equivalents but also have unique nuances. Japanese popular culture is enjoying something of a boom, particularly in the US, where circulation of the English version of the "Shonen Jump" manga has reached over half a million copies.
Mainichi Daily News

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