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Miyazaki Describes PM's Love for Manga as "Embarrassing" (UPDATED Dec 8, 2008)

Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki has taken a swipe at Japan’s Prime Minister Taro Aso, a self-described otaku. In comments made to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, Miyazaki responded to a question about Aso’s love for manga by saying, “It’s so embarrassing,” and added, “That should be more private.”

UPDATED December 8, 2008: The Japan Times and Daily Yomiuri Online both have more detailed descriptions of this press conference. These newest articles include many other comments where the famed animation director was highly critical of the course of Japanese society, expressed concern over the prospect of ecological catastrophe or war, and his opinion that his films will not find wide appreciation more than 30 years from their release. (via Nausicaa.net)

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