Japanese Illustrator Makoto Wada Dies at 83

Society Culture

Tokyo, Oct. 11 (Jiji Press)--Prominent Japanese illustrator Makoto Wada, known for drawing the covers of such magazines as the weekly Shukan Bunshun, died of pneumonia at a hospital in Tokyo on Monday. He was 83.

His funeral was attended by close relatives, and a ceremony is planned for a later date. He is survived by his wife, cooking critic Remi Hirano.

The Osaka-born artist graduated from Tama Art University. During his time at an advertising company, he designed the packaging for the Hi-lite cigarette brand.

Wada became an independent illustrator in 1968, winning the Bungei Shunju Manga Award the following year mainly for his portraits in Shukan Sankei magazine.

He took on the job of Shukan Bunshun cover illustrator and designer in 1977.

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