Tetsuya Chiba

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Tetsuya Chiba (千葉 徹彌 or ちばてつや Chiba Tetsuya?, born January 11, 1939) is a Japanese manga artist famous for his sports stories.

He was born in Chuo, Tokyo, Japan, but lived most of his early childhood in Shenyang, Liaoning when northeast China was colonized by Japan during the Second Sino-Japanese War.[1][2] His father was working in a paper factory when they lived in China. Two of his younger brothers are manga artists: Akio Chiba, and Shigeyuki Chiba who is almost completely unknown outside Japan, despite writing many popular sports manga in Japan. Shigeyuki Chiba works under the pen name Taro Nami. Chiba's works include Tomorrow's Joe, his best known work. Many of his early titles are still in print due to continued popularity. He lives in Nerima, Tokyo.


At the end of the Sino-Japanese War, Chiba's family lived in the attic of a work-acquaintance of his father until they could find a way to get back to Japan.[1] In 1958, he made his professional debut in Shōjo Book with Butōkai no Shōjo. In the 1960s, he wrote shōnen and shōjo manga at the same time. He won the Shogakukan Manga Award for seinen/general manga in 1977 for Notari Matsutaro.[3]

In July 2012 he was appointed as the chairman of the Japan Cartoonists Association after Takashi Yanase stepped down due to age and health reasons.[4] In Fall 2012 he was awarded with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, by the Japanese government.[5]


Listed chronologically.


  1. ^ a b "Chiba Tetsuya". Retrieved 2006-08-28. 
  2. ^ "Japanese cartoonists hold antiwar exhibition in China". Nanjing: Xinhua. 2009-08-16. 
  3. ^ 小学館漫画賞: 歴代受賞者 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved 2007-08-19. 
  4. ^ "Chiba named head of cartoonists group". Yomiuri Shimbun. 2012-07-29. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  5. ^ "Ashita no Joe's Chiba Inducted Into Order of the Rising Sun". Anime News Network. 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 

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