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Friday, 23rd October 2009
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Japanese university to open 'manga library'

A university in Japan has announced plans to create a manga library containing two million items of memorabilia and artefacts to do with the cultural movement, it has been reported.

AFP said that the library is being planned by Meiji University and it is hoped that it will be open by 2015.

The Tokyo International Manga Library, which is the working name, is aimed at helping those who want to study manga academically to find resources.

"Manga has been taken lightly in the past and there has been no solid archive for serious study," library official Susumi Shibao told the news resource.

Ahead of the new library, on October 31st, the university will open the Yoshihiro Yonezawa Memorial Library of Manga and Subculture, which will feature a collection of 140,000 comic books belonging to the critic, the news outlet reported.

Meanwhile, the Japanese Astro Boy comic was recently launched on an iPhone platform.

Written by Kimberley Homer.