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Machiko Hasegawa (長谷川町子 Hasegawa Machiko?), January 30, 1920 – May 27, 1992, in Taku, Saga Prefecture) was one of the first female manga artists.

She started her own comic strip, Sazae-san, in 1946. It reached national circulation via the Asahi Shimbun in 1949,[1] and ran daily until Hasegawa decided to retire in February 1974. All of her comics were printed in Japan in digests of comic book form; by the mid-1990s, Hasegawa's estate had sold over 60 million copies in Japan alone.

Her comic strip was turned into a dramatic radio series in 1955 and a weekly animated series in 1969, which is still running as of 2010.

Selected comics were translated into English, under the title The Wonderful World of Sazae-san.

She received People's Honor Award in 1992. [2]


She died of heart failure at the age of 72 on May 27, 1992.

See also

  • Hasegawa Machiko Art Museum


  1. "沿革:朝日新聞社インフォメーション" (in Japanese). Asahi Shimbun. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 
  2. "People's Honor Award" (in Japanese). Cabinet Office. Retrieved January 26, 2010. 

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