Manga Creator Matsumoto Leaves Hospital, Returns Home

Society Culture

Narita, Chiba Pref., Dec. 5 (Jiji Press)--Famed Japanese manga artist Leiji Matsumoto, known for Galaxy Express 999 and many other works, returned home on Thursday after leaving a hospital in Turin, Italy, the previous day.

"Thank you very much," 81-year-old Matsumoto, in a wheelchair, told reporters and others who gathered at Narita International Airport, after completing his immigration procedures at the airport in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo. "I feel very well," he said in a clear voice. "I'm happy to be back to Japan."

Matsumoto also released a statement saying: "I've caused worries to my fans. To be honest, I'm surprised that my hospitalization caused a fuss, without my knowledge."

He is expected to be hospitalized again, in Japan, to undergo a health examination.

While on a visit to Turin last month for an event for one of his works, Matsumoto was reported to have collapsed and was hospitalized. During the hospital stay, Matsumoto was treated for conditions including pneumonia, according to a local news agency report.

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