My friend Fred Schodt just won the Japanese government’s Order of the Rising Sun. That’s, like, the second most prestigious honor you can win in Japan, ever. I think it’s like being knighted in the UK. Fred was a longtime friend and interpreter for Tezuka Osamu, and he predicted Japan’s humanoid robot craze and the manga revolution way before anyone else in the books Inside the Robot Kingdom
and Manga! Manga! respectively.
Congrats to Fred! You deserve it.
(Total coincidence, by the way, that the last two posts on this blog just happened to mention him.)