The Contemporary Manga Library founder Toshio Naiki passed away due to pneumonia on Friday. He was 74.
Naiki was born in Tokyo in 1937. He opened the Yamabuki Bunko rental library in 1955 and established the Contemporary Manga Library's "Naiki Collection" in 1978. Naiki collected manga for more than 50 years to preserve the art form's cultural heritage. For his establishment and management of the Contemporary Manga Library, Naiki received the Special Prize in the 1st Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize program in 1997.