According to Crunchyroll in an effort to preserve animation within Japan, the Japanese government plans to improve living and working conditions of domestic-based animation graduates.
As Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Director Irie Yasuhiro says, entry-level animation jobs in Japan don’t offer a liveable income, which is deterring future auteurs from the field. As such, after recommendations made during the Japan Human Resources Development Study Meeting in March, the Japanese government has announced plans to make residency regulations easier for those working in internship programs after graduation.
The new legislation will introduce a training year period of one-to-two years, allowing newly graduated animators to secure residency while working an entry-level job and training towards a mid-to-long term career. As Yasuhiro points out, 80 to 90 per cent of in-between animators are based in South Korea and China. The Japanese government hopes to recover a sense of pride in the nation’s animation industry, making it easier for young Japanese people to build a career in animation.
Currently, students in creative fields like fashion, design and animation are expected to work in a high-level job immediately after graduating to secure residency. Young animators, however, start off in entry-level positions animating in between key frames, which according to the Japanese Animation Creators Association, pays approximately $1,150 a month, and isn’t enough to find a home.
What this means for the future of the animation industry is a resurgence of Japanese-made content. Studios such as Yuri on Ice’s MAPPA try to preserve the cultivation of Japanese animation within the nation, but these new regulations are an incredible welcoming offer to newcomers that very well could become the next Makoto Shinkai or Mamoru Hosoda.
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