Embassy of Japan is calling for entries for the 6th International MANGA Award in an effort to share Japanese pop culture and promote understanding of Japan.

The Award was established in 2007 to honour non-Japanese cartoonists for their contribution to the promotion of MANGA culture outside Japan.

Response to this Award has been overwhelming, with 145 works submitted from 30 countries/regions for the 5th International MANGA Award in 2011 where Spanish cartoonist, Mr. JM Ken Niimura clinched the “Gold Award” for his masterpiece “I Kill Giants”.

The same year, well-known Malaysian cartoonist, Mr. Benny Wong Thong Hou received the “Shorei” Award for his work “Le. Gardenie” in the 1st International MANGA Award while three Malaysian cartoonists, Mr. Chong Chiew Choy, NEKO(Ms. Chang Lee Ying), and Tan Zien Yun also received the “Bronze” Award in the 5th International MANGA Award in 2011.

For this year, the Selection Committee will select the best MANGA from all entries for the “Gold Award” and approximately three distinguished works will receive the “Silver Award”. These deserving cartoonists will have the opportunity to attend the award ceremony in Japan aournd January 2013.

For more information, please visit www.my.emb-japan.go.jp. Closing date for those submitting through the Japanese Embassy in Malaysia is 31 May 2012.