ANN reports that Shueisha has launched Ultra Jump Egg, an online spinoff of its Ultra Jump manga magazine:

The website has begun serializing the first manga installments of Rabian Ekusutasu by Toshiki Inoue (Galaxy Angel anime) and Mario Kaneda (Girls Bravo), Neko-Kyuu9 by Kaishaku (Steel Angel Kurumi), Hana-Yome Han by Yukimaru Katsura (Air, Kashimashi ~Girl Meets Girl~), 9-Shinohara's manga adaptation of Ishio Yamagata's Tatakau Shisho to Koi Suru Bakudan light novels, Saikyō Mahō Shōjo Akira by Rco Wada, and Bunka-bu o Ikutsu ka by F4U.

Manga romances to be available to cell phone and Internet users

TORONTO, March 20 -- Harlequin Enterprises Limited, the global leader in series romance and one of the world's leading publishers of women's fiction, announced today an agreement by their Japanese operation, Harlequin K.K., to provide digital manga content to SoftBank Creative of SoftBank Group, one of the largest providers of cell phone services in Japan.

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According to Mangaoh, Kadokawa Shoten will be releasing a book titled Type-Moon Ace on April 21st that will feature many Type-Moon-related works. According to the book's description, there will be 2 Fate/zero comics, as well as a manga titled All Around Type-Moon that will feature all of the female Type-Moon characters.

Type-Moon Ace will come with extra goodies, such as the Fate/zero CD case and the Type-Moon school calender.

Source: New Akiba

Japanese manga publisher Hakusensha will be launching a new josei manga magazine titled Jossie on April 8th. According to Hakusensha, Jossie will be an "brand-new happy romance manga magazine."

Fusosha is also launching a new josei magazine. The first issue of the new magazine, titled Malika, will be released on April 28th.

Source: Ultimatum

According Mainichi Daily News, McDonald in Japan is conducting a campaign from March 17 to April 3 (to promote its upcoming line of "over-sized burgers") that will have customers appear in the manga Dokaben by Shinji Mizushima:

Those who access a special site from their mobile phones or PC can play a game, with winners entitled to enter the draw to become a character in a "Dokaben" story drawn by Shinji Mizushima for Shukan Shonen Champion manga magazine.

Via: MangaBlog

In order to provide better coverage of the upcoming Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF) 2008, Anime News Network has launched a new "Japan Blog":

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According to Muhyojo, the latest issue of Kodansha's Morning revealed that the second volume of its Mandala magazine on March 21st. ANN has more:

Not only will this new 290-page volume be bigger (20 milimeters larger than A4 paper size, or roughly North American "Letter" size), but it will be in full color. 15 creators from eight countries contributed to this project, including 10 artists who returned from the first Mandala volume.

Also from ITmedia (via ANN) is the news that to celebrate the magazine's 50th anniversary, Konami will be making a game that will feature popular characters from Kodansha's Shonen Magazine and Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday.

Leading Industry Experts Speak on the U.S. Anime/Manga Industries and the Announcement of the SPJA Award Finalists

Anaheim, California (March 18, 2008) ‹ The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA), the overseeing body of the nation¹s largest anime/manga convention (Anime Expo®), will be presenting a symposium presentation/discussion about the history, current status and future of the U.S. Anime/Manga Industries at Tokyo International Anime Fair held within Tokyo Big Sight's Special Theatre 2(Thursday; March 27, 2008; 16:30-18:00-Tokyo time). In addition, announcements of the finalists of the highly recognized and coveted SPJA Industry Awards will also be made. More information can be found on the website www.spja.org.

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Artinfo reports that the International Asian Art Fair, which takes place March 15–19, is featuring a contemporary gallery called Art Miya that dedicated its entire booth to manga sculptor Yabuuchi Satoshi.

Also, AkibaBlog has a report on "Raku-Job," an event where fans attend to look for a job in the anime, manga and game business.

Finally, BBC News looks at this year's China Comics Now exhibition in "When Manga meets communism."