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20:58 12 February 2017

Prizewinning manga artist Jiro Taniguchi dies at 69

TOKYO, Feb. 12, Kyodo

Prizewinning manga artist Jiro Taniguchi died Saturday at age 69, according to an editor close to him, who did not disclose the cause of death.

A native of Tottori, Taniguchi debuted as a manga artist in 1971 and created a number of smash hits such as "Kodoku no Gurume" (The Lonely Gourmet), the TV adaptation of which has drawn many viewers since 2012.

He was awarded the insignia of chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in 2011.

In collaboration with novelist Natsuo Sekikawa, Taniguchi won a coveted prize named after manga great Osamu Tezuka in 1998 for his piece "'Botchan' no Jidai" (In the Times of 'Little Master'), which depicts the lives of noted novelists in the Meiji Era (1868-1912), including Soseki Natsume known for his novel "Botchan."

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