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'Robocar Poli' to Go on Air in Japan
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South Korea's popular animated TV series "Robocar Poli" will be broadcast on a Japanese network, its production company said Wednesday.

It will be shown on TV Tokyo, one of Japan's terrestrial television channels, weekend mornings from April, Roi Visual Co. said.

The children's show about a super transforming robocar rescue team that saves neighbors in emergencies has been hugely popular in South Korea since the first episode was aired through EBS TV in February 2011. It has since aired for two seasons and was exported to France, Spain and Japan.

Japanese female actress Chiharu Niiyama and her daughter took part in the Japanese dubbing of the series.

Timed for the broadcasting of the TV series, character toys of the rescue team will also go on sale throughout the country from late March, the company said.

The toys will become available at toy stores, department stores and online shopping malls, a wide release that is rare for Korean animation characters.

"The program's advance into the Japanese market is meaningful in that no Korean animation characters have been seen at the same time on a major TV network and on the shelves in Japan before," the company said in a release.

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Source: Yonhap News (Jan. 23, 2012)

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