Yoshito Usui, the comic book writer of “Crayon Shin-chan” disappeared on September 11th, and his family requested the police to start a search for him in Kasukabe in Saitama on the 12th. The police are now looking for him and hope to find him soon.
His comic book, “Crayon Shin-chan” has been serialized in the comic magazine, “Weekly Manga Action.” It has been very popular and became a TV animation that comes on every Friday night after “Doraemon” in Japan. His works have also become movies such as “The Secret Treasure of Buri Buri Kingdom”, “Unkokusai’s Ambition” , and “Otakebe! Kasukabe Animal Kingdom.”
Below is a picture of Yoshito Usui. He is pictured on the right.
Update: Yoshito Usui told his family he would go for a mountain hike in Gunma Prefecture. He hikes often alone, and may be in danger. There is fear of an accident.
9/19/09 — Update: A body has been found at the bottom of a cliff near the mountain area suspected to be where Yoshito Usui went for hiking. The area is hard to reach and a party will go out in the morning to identity the body.
9/20/09 — Update: 35 policemen have left on the search to recover the still unidentified body. We will have more information as it develops.
9/20/09 — Update: Sadly it has been confirmed that the body was in fact, Yoshito Usui.