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Yoshito Usui (臼井儀人 Usui Yoshito?, April 21, 1958 – September 11, 2009), born in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, was a manga artist known for the popular manga Crayon Shin-chan. He was a devotee of Jehovah's Witnesses. He and his wife raised two daughters; both had moved out of the house at the time of Usui's death.[1]

On September 12, 2009, Usui's family reported him missing from his hometown of Kasukabe when Usui did not return from hiking in nearby Gunma Prefecture. On September 19, 2009, a body with clothes matching those described in the report filed by Usui's family was found at the bottom of a cliff at Mount Arafune in Gunma.[2][3][4] The body was identified by dental records and family members the next day as being that of Usui.[5] His camera was recovered and the final shot was taken from the cliff.[6][7]

Controversy arose when Chinese media showed the wrong picture of Yoshito Usui when reporting his death. The picture shown showed Japanese artist Seitarō Kuroda, who is still alive. Seitarō Kuroda took a picture with Yoshito Usui once, and that's how the confusion began, since Usui doesn't have a lot of pictures on the web.[citation needed]


  • Crayon Shin-chan
  • Mix Connection
  • Scrambled Egg
  • Super Shufu Tsukimi-san (ran in Manga Life)
  • Supper Mix
  • Unbalance Zone


  1. "Mystery still surrounds death of Crayon Shinchan creator". Japan Today. October 3, 2009. Retrieved October 6, 2009. 
  2. "Male Remains Found in Gunma Prefecture's Mountains". Anime News Network. September 19, 2009. Retrieved September 19, 2009. 
  3. "Body found on Mount Arafune may be missing cartoonist Usui". The Japan Times. September 20, 2009. Archived from the original on July 14, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2009. 
  4. "Body found on mountain may be missing 'Crayon Shinchan' cartoonist". Japan Today. September 20, 2009. Retrieved September 20, 2009. 
  5. "クレヨンしんちゃん:遺体は作者の臼井さんと確認" [Crayon Shin-chan author Usui's body confirmed]. Mainichi Shimbun. September 20, 2009. Archived from the original on September 23, 2009. Retrieved September 20, 2009. 
  6. "Cartoonist took photo from cliff top". Kyodo News. Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009. Archived from the original on 2012-07-16. Retrieved 2009-09-23.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. "'Crayon Shin-chan' author found dead in Gunma; accidental fall from cliff suspected". THE MAINICHI NEWSPAPERS. September 21, 2009. Archived from the original on 2009-09-23. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 

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