Politics Podcast

ABC Radio National

News & Politics

Michelle Grattan reports from Canberra each weekday on Breakfast. Counterpoint and Late Night Live dip into all sides of political commentary and, if it's serious news, it'll be discussed all over RN from RN Drive to Sunday Extra.


Hello Kitty: Japan's soft power ambassador

October 12th, 2015

Episode 1044 of 1761 episodes

She was born in Japan in 1974 as "the white cat with no name" but today she's a multi-million dollar cartoon character whose face appears on everything from stationary to clothes, home wares, theme parks and even airplanes. Hello Kitty is cuter-than-cute, instantly recognisable from her signature red bow, pointy ear and mouth-less, expressionless face. Yet she's so much more than just a cartoon character, she's the globally recognised ambassador for Japanese soft power.

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