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The Manga City Where Japan’s Spirits Dwell: Sakaiminato Honors Mizuki Shigeru with Memorial Ceremony

In 1943, a young Japanese soldier was recuperating from malaria in a field hospital in New Guinea when the infirmary was hit in an Allied bombing raid. He sustained injuries that led to him losing his left arm. This was one of many near encounters with death during World War II, yet he lived on for more than 70 more years before passing away on November 30, 2015, at the age of 93. By that time, Mizuki Shigeru (born Mura Shigeru) sat atop Japan’s manga world as one of its foremost creators.

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