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Friday, 31st December 2010
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Japanese anime industry to host rival event

A number of companies connected to Japan's animation industry are planning to boycott an industry fair and hold their own event.

Eight firms have confirmed they will not attend the Tokyo International Anime Fair in March as a protest against the Japanese government's plans to restrict the sexual content of manga and anime productions.

Kyodo News reports that the companies will hold the Anime Content Expo on March 26th and 27th at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba instead.

One of the firms boycotting the orginal fair includes the Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Company which is behind the popular Haruhi Suzumiya series, which has already become a popular TV cartoon series in the country.

Other publishing firms behind the rival event include the producers of popular animation such as Naruto, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Pocket Monsters.

The Tokyo International Anime Fair will open to the public on March 26th at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition centre.

Written by Mark Smith.