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RIO DE JANEIRO (Kyodo) An organization has been launched here to promote contemporary Japanese culture, including J-pop, “manga” comic books and animation.

In response to the Japanese Consulate General’s call for establishing such a body, Brazilian student groups launched the Instituto Japao Pop Br, or the J-pop Brazil Association, with support from the Getulio Vargas Foundation, a research institute backed by the Brazilian government.

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