10th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Award Winner Announced

- http://www.asahi.com/tezuka/

The winners of the 10th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Award (sponsored by Asahi Shimbun) have been announced:

Grand Prize:
- Shissou Nikki (Disappearance Diary) by Hideo Aduma (Eastpress)

Shinsei (New Hope) Award:
- Ookiku Furikabutte by Asa Higuchi (Kodansha) for showing new possibilities of expression in baseball manga.

Short Manga Prize:
Risa Itou for her collection of short stories:
- Onna Ippiki Neko Futari (One Woman, Two Cats) (Futabasha)
- Oi Pitan!! (Hey Pitan!) (Kodansha)
- Onna no Mado (A Woman's Window)(Shukan Bunshun)

Special Award:
- Kousei Ono for Many Years of Introducing Foreign Comics to Japan and Activity as A Commentator (Basically a lifetime achievement award)

Nominations are first picked by general manga readers and industry professionals, these nominations then go through a panel of 8 judges, and finally a grand prize is given to one of the 11 nominations. 3 other awards are also handed out: Shinsei (New Hope) Award, the Short Manga Prize and a Special Award.