The Ehime Shimbun newspaper has reported that manga creator Ichirō Tominaga passed away of old age on May 5, 2021. He was 96 years old at the time of his passing.
Tominaga was born in Kyoto in 1925, and he moved to Tokyo in 1951 and started work as a manga creator. He was best known for his Chinkoro Ane-chan and Sekkachi Neeya manga. He was also a recurring guest on the Owarai Manga Dōjō television program, where he would often face off in competitions against fellow manga creator Yoshiji Suzuki.
Tominaga won a Japan Cartoonists Association Award in 1986. He received the Medal with Purple Ribbon honor from the Japanese government in 1992. In 1998, he received the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Rosette honor.