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Futabasha Publishers Ltd. said Monday that Yoshito Usui, creator of the popular “Crayon Shin-chan” comic book and animated TV series, took a photo near the edge of a 100-meter-high cliff shortly before he apparently fell to his death.

Usui, 51, was found dead Saturday at the base of the Tomoiwa cliff on Mount Arafune on the border between Gunma and Nagano prefectures.

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