In a bid to boost international “otaku” exchange, the city of Kitakyushu plans to build an arts-business complex including a “manga” comic museum and a variety of shops by around 2012.
According to city officials, they will setup a museum in a building near JR Kokura Station and also as the centerpiece of the complex. They will display materials and artworks by Reiji Matsumoto, creator of Galaxy Express 999 and amongst other space sagas.
According to the museum project head, Joji Kondo, the complex will not only introduce traditional manga culture but also house establishments that sells character goods and cosplay items.
[Source: Japan Times]