Hospital Aids Yakitate Creator on Best Skilled Surgeon Manga

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Takashi Hashiguchi's staff consults University of Tokyo Hospital on issues

The University of Tokyo Hospital is advising Takashi Hashiguchi, the creator of the Yakitate!! Japan bread-baking manga and anime series, on medical issues for his current manga, Saijō no Meii (The Best Skilled Surgeon). Before Hashiguchi began publishing the manga in the first 2008 issue (released on December 5) of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine, the magazine's editorial staff asked the hospital for information on recent medical topics. The hospital then offered to formally consult on medical matters for the manga.

The story centers on a boy named Akira Saijō (a kanji and homonym wordplay on the manga's title) who has aspired to be a surgeon since he was little. Saijō specializes in pediatrics and patients between childbirth and 15 years old. The real-life University of Tokyo Hospital decided to consult on the manga to educate children about the work of hospitals and surgeons. Several live-action television drama series have already used the hospital for on-location shooting, and the staff consulted on Fuji TV's Ichi Liter no Namida (A Liter of Tears) drama series for medical accuracy.

Source: Daily Yomiuri

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