The French government has conferred the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres decoration on manga and anime creator Leiji Matsumoto. The order honors those who have made contributions in art, literature, and other areas. Matsumoto received his honor at the French embassy in Tokyo. In 2013, Matsumoto will be celebrating his 60th anniversary of becoming a manga creator.
Other manga creators who have received this honor are Jiro Taniguchi and Katsuhiro Otomo.