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An education ministry advisory panel on Wednesday recommended a set of measures to promote Japanese culture overseas by drawing up an international cultural exchange master plan.

The officials said the Council for Cultural Affairs submitted the recommendation to Atsuko Toyama, minister of education, culture, sports, science and technology.

The Council for Cultural Affairs said in its report that international cultural exchanges in the past have been overly dependent on individual efforts and traditional forms of culture, according to the panelists.

The council recommends promoting animation, computer graphics and other modern arts to young people in other countries through multifaceted means, including hosting a cultural version of the World Economic Forum, popularly known as the Davos conference.

The Agency for Cultural Affairs will set up a panel of advisers to come up with specific plans in response to the recommendations, ministry officials said.

The recommendations also suggest active support in Japan and abroad for Japanese-language education, using the Internet to deepen understanding of Japan and Japanese culture, the officials said.

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