Anime News Network is reporting that manga creator Sanpei Satо̄ passed away on July 31, 2021 due to aspiration pneumonia. He was 91 years old at the time of his passing. According to his family, Satо̄ had not been writing for about two years. He became sick in June 2021 and had gone to the hospital for treatment.
Satо̄ was born in Nagoya in 1929, and he grew up in Osaka. He was known for the Fuji Santarо̄ 4-panel manga series, which he launched in 1965 in Asahi Shimbun. In 1982, he also created the Dotanba no Manners manga.
Satо̄ received the Purple Ribbon Medal in 1997 for contributing to academic and artistic developments, improvements and accomplishments. He also earned the Order of the Rising Sun Small Ribbon in 2006 for his distinguished achievements.