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(From The Yomiuri Shimbun/Daily Yomiuri)
Manga influence pervades Europe, North America
Asami Nagai / Daily Yomiuri Staff Writer
Teenagers these days dream about visiting Shibuya's 109 fashion center or Shinjuku's My City shopping building, while the game of go is increasingly popular among young people.
The country of these phenomena is not Japan, though, but France, where the influence of translated Japanese manga and anime (animated films and TV programs) is having a large impact on the younger generation.
And with this huge popularity seemingly still growing, it seems that manga should no longer be labeled a subculture. Indeed, this storytelling mode of visual expression, with its drawings and dialogue balloons, deserves …