About a hundred Japanese animators are coming together this month to form a union titled JAniCA: Japan Animation Creators Association. They seek to bring attention to the working conditions of Japanese animators which include low pay and long, long days as well as support and general union rights to fellow animators in Japan.
Somehow I missed this news when ANN announced it back on June 6th but coming across it now, I’m really happy for the animators involved and wish them all the best. As someone working towards entering the North American animation industry (and as a current workforce employee in general), I can honestly say I’m saddened, and in minor disbelief, everytime I read something about the working conditions of Japanese animators. Minimum wage and 12+ hours a day with little luck of advancement or vacation? Goes to show how much goes into all the animes we enjoy, literal blood and sweat at times. I hope that this union helps and brings the animators some rightly deserved support in all regards.
(via Cartoon Brew)