In a recent meeting to celebrate Japan’s 160 years of friendship with France, Japan’s Prime Minister Abe stated that he hopes to expand Hatsune Miku’s reach globally.
Abe: I hope to broaden the introduction of Hatsune Miku, dance, concerts, manga, literature, anime, Japanese movie, etc.
The target event for these plans is Japonisme 2018, and he hopes to include manga, other literature and anime, but pointed out that recent culture within the country should be included. It was stressed that the “21st Century Whirlwind Japonisme” will be one of the highlight events leading to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to have the world take notice of Japan.
Not too incredibly surprising, considering Prime Minister Abe’s embracing of Japan’s pop culture. He even dressed as Super Mario during the 2016 Olympics closing ceremony.
Via TV Asahi