One of the best known and most popular manga artists, Jiro Taniguchi, has passed away aged 69, his publisher has announced.
Mr Taniguchi was born in Tattori City in 1947 and moved to Tokyo to become a manga creator, with his first work, 'Kareta Heya', being published in 1970. Taniguchi was well known and loved for his signature fine line drawing style and shading without ink.
He published many works aimed at an adult audience, with stories depicting the everyday lives of ordinary people.
Taniguchi's work was popular outside of Japan, possibly due to his western influenced art style, and he received a number of awards for his work, including several Eisner Awards and an Ignatz Award. His work proved to be very popular in France, where he was even knighted as a chevalier in France's Ordre des Arts et des letters in 2011.
His publisher described him as an 'extraordinarily kind and gentle' man. 'The humanism that imbued all his work is familiar with readers, but the man himself is less well-known, naturally reserved in character and more inclined to let his work speak on his behalf.'
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