In an effort or educate consumers, get some publicity, and make people happy at the same time, The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) along with publisher Kadokawa Shoten, is holding a manga contest which began in August and is set to end soon on October 15. Participants must create a manga that educate readers about the dangers of counterfeit goods from fake pharmaceuticals medicine to bad electronics and other materials.
The grand prize winner will receive 1.2 million yen ($14,000USD) and will receive a six-month contract with Kadokawa Shoten in producing more educational anti-counterfeit manga. The manga will be released worldwide for free in multiple languages from English, Chinese, and French to name a few. Participants must be Japanese citizens currently living in Japan and must be 16 years or older. Entrants may be amateurs or professionals but entries must be postmarked by October 15 to be valid.