"The World and Japan" Database (Project Leader: TANAKA Akihiko)
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National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (IASA), The University of Tokyo

[Title] Congratulatory Message from Prime Minister Kishida on the Awarding of Oscars to Japanese Films at the 96th Academy Awards

[Date] March 11, 2024
[Source] Cabinet Public Affairs Office, Cabinet Secretariat
[Notes] Provisional translation
[Full text]

At the 96th Academy Awards in the United States, Oscars were awarded to "The Boy and the Heron," directed by MIYAZAKI Hayao, for best animated feature and "Godzilla Minus One," directed by YAMAZAKI Takashi, for best visual effects.

I extend my heartfelt congratulations and express my deep respect for the great efforts that were made by everyone involved in these films' success.

I believe these works, based in the free imagination and sharp insight of Mr. Miyazaki and the technical and expressive excellence of Mr. Yamazaki, resonated with a tremendous number of people regardless of national borders or language and evoked feelings of wonder while moving people emotionally.

Japan's arts and content, including its films, have become familiar to people all around the world and evaluated highly.

The Government will further strengthen its efforts to communicate Japan's highly appealing culture to the world while also boosting the support it provides for innovative activities by creators.

March 11, 2024


Prime Minister