|Keiji Nakazawa, the author of "Barefoot Gen," had died (1939-2012). The drawing in the photograph reads "For humanity, the greatest treasure is peace."|
(Keiji Nakazawa (March 14, 1939 – December 19, 2012) was a Japanese manga artist and writer. He was born in Hiroshima, where he lived during the Pacific War. The cartoonist survived the US nuclear bombing of the city in 1945. All of his family, who had not been evacuated, died from the bombing.
In 1961, Nakazawa moved to Tokyo to become a full-time cartoonist for manga anthologies.
Following the death of his mother in 1966, Nakazawa began to memorialize the nuclear destruction of Hiroshima in his stories. Nakazawa's major work, "Hadashi no Gen" (Barefoot Gen) (a ten-volume series) explored the nuclear bombing and its aftermath, and examined the Japanese government's militarization of Japanese society during World War II. "Barefoot Gen was adapted into two animated films and a live action TV drama.
Nakazawa was diagnosed with lung cancer and in July 2011.