Born on 1939, at St. Luke's International Hospital in Tsukiji, Tokyo. In November of the same year, moved to the Korean Peninsula and then to Mukden of old Manchuria (present Shenyang, Liaoning province, People's Republic of China) in January 1941. World War ll ended in 1945 and his family withdrew from China in the following year. In 1950, joined his friend's manga doujinshi Manga Club. Debuted as a professional manga-ka with a piece written for a book in 1956. Started the serial manga Mama no Violin in a magazine in 1958 and made his debut in a weekly boy's magazine with Chikai no Makyu in 1961. Major works include 1.2.3 and 4.5.Roku, Yuki no Taiyo, Shidenkai no Taka, Harisu no Kaze, Misokkasu, Ashita no Joe, Ore wa Teppei,* Ashita Tenki ni Naare, *Notari Matsutaro, etc. A standing director of the Japan Cartoonists Association.