Matthew Olson wrote:
“Books will be selected to call attention to positive aspects of Japan"
I think there are many, many positive aspects to Japan - in fact, I love it here! But I wonder how many books
they'll be able to find that present positive aspects. Characters in Japanese fiction tend to be a bit...gloomy. It makes for interesting reading, but struggles with self-doubt and one's role in society don't create the most positive of images. Of course, I'm generalizing. At any rate, I suppose travel guides and some manga are still up for grabs.
It is really a welcome step. And, indeed a good news to the translators community. As a translation agency, we also look forward to take part in the government's drive.