Newly-Elected Mangaka & Politician Ken Akamatsu Pushing Legislation to Preserve Retro Games in Japan

Mangaka and politician Ken Akamatsu is wasting absolutely zero time and he's already pushing legislation in favor of his fellow geeks.

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Popular mangaka Ken Akamatsu has been elected to the House of Councillors of the National Diet of Japan only a few days ago, but he is wasting absolutely zero time and he’s already working to push legislation in favor of his fellow geeks.

Akamatsu-sensei mentioned on his official Twitter account that a team of select experts has been formed within the Legal System Subcommittee’s Digital Rights team of the Digital Archive Society to start working on the “legal preservation of past games in a playable state.

He added that the archiving and usability of old content that is going lost is a topic that he’s strongly passionate about, so he wants to help this become a success.

Game preservation has been an ongoing problem, with many older games becoming unplayable or going completely as the years pass.

Akamatsu-sensei was elected as a member of the House of Councillors last Sunday after running with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party on a campaign mostly centered on protecting creators’ freedom of expression and artistic freedom from censorship and undue external influences.

He ran within the national proportional representation block, which is a nationwide district that elects 50 members per election by single non-transferable vote, and he was actually the candidate who received the most votes (528,029) within the block, becoming the first mangaka to win a national election in Japan.

Akamatsu-sensei, who debuted as a professional mangaka all the way back in 1993 with Hito Natsu no Kids Game, is mostly known for Love Hina, the romantic comedy serialized on Kodansha’s Weekly Shounen Magazine between 1998 and 2001, which sparked an anime series, several OVAs, light novels, and even video games.

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Giuseppe Nelva

Proud weeb hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long-standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality), MMORPGs, and visual novels are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans on Earth of the flight simulator genre.