Tetsuya Chiba

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Tetsuya Chiba
Born 千葉徹弥
(1939-01-11) January 11, 1939 (age 77)
Tsukiji, Tokyo, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Known for Manga
Notable work Ashita no Joe
Notari Matsutaro
Awards Kodansha Children's Comic Award (1962)
Kodansha Culture Award (1976)
Japan Cartoonists Association Award (1976)
Shogakukan Manga Award (1978)

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 1950, while in elementary school, he made a manga club with his friends. He created his first official manga, Fukushu no Semushi, (The Hunchback Avenger), in 1956.[3] 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. In 1965 he married his wife, Yukiko. He is personally friends with Moto Hagio and Leiji Matsumoto.

He has received several awards for his manga, including the Kodansha Children's Manga Award for 1, 2, 3, & 4, 5, 6, Kodansha Culture Award for Ore wa Teppei, and the Japanese Cartoonist Association Award and Shogakukan Manga Award for Notari Matsutaro. In 2001 he was awarded the Award from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology for his work on youth sports manga. 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]

Chiba's series Harris no Kaze, Ashita no Joe, Akane-chan, Ore wa Teppei, and Notari Masutaro have all received anime adaptations. An animated film for Kaze no Yo ni premiered in June 2016.[6]


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. ^ http://chibapro.co.jp/en_index.php?tbl=profile
  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. 
  6. ^ "Tetsuya Chiba's Kaze no Yō ni Anime Film Reaches Crowdfunding Goal". Retrieved 2016-09-11. 

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