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COVID-19 Interrupts World’s Longest-Running Cartoon

This handout obtained on Might 11, 2020 from the Hasagawa Michiko Artwork Museum in Tokyo exhibits a picture from the “Sazae-san” TV cartoon collection, with the character Sazae-san (2nd L) and her household in entrance of their home. Handout / HASEGAWA MICHIKO ART MUSEUM / AFP


Manufacturing of the world’s longest-running cartoon and a mainstay of the Japanese weekend has been interrupted by the coronavirus, forcing the published of re-runs for the primary time in many years.

“Sazae-san”, which first aired in 1969, revolves across the lifetime of Mrs Sazae, a cheerful however klutzy full-time housewife who lives together with her dad and mom, husband, son, brother and sister.

The 30-minute episodes aired Sunday nights are very fashionable, and for a lot of in Japan have come to indicate the top of the weekend.

However the cartoon, recognised because the longest-running animated TV collection by Guinness World Data, has been hampered by the outbreak of the virus, with animation dubbing halted to maintain workers secure, broadcaster Fuji Tv Community mentioned.

“We will halt broadcast of new episodes of ‘Sazae-san’ for the time being from May 17 and instead air re-runs,” it introduced on Sunday.

The community mentioned upcoming broadcasts could be episodes from two years in the past, including it might announce a date for the resumption of recent episodes as quickly as doable.

It’s the first time the community has been compelled to air re-runs since 1975, when the financial results of an earlier oil disaster lingered.

Japan has seen a relatively small coronavirus outbreak with almost 15,800 infections and 621 deaths.

The nation is below a state of emergency that was prolonged final week till the top of Might, although the federal government is contemplating lifting the measures early in components of the nation.



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