Yoshiro Kato, the creator of Mappira-kun for Manichi Shimbun, died on January 6 from respiratory failure. His strip (translated "Mr. No Way") ran in the paper from 1954 to 2001, which may be a record for a single daily national newspaper in Japan. That strip moved from a focus on a salaried worker to a broader take on various denizens of a single community who took turns taking the lead role.
Born in Tokyo, Kato was also the head of the Japan Cartoonists Assocation from 1992 to 1996. He became a celebrity through his appearances on a popular television quiz show and as a political commentator.