On 6 April 2023, mangaka Rumiko Takahashi shared the news of her receiving French Insignia, Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Republic. Takahashi is the first woman mangaka to receive it and She was awarded the Insignia in Tokyo at the residence of the French ambassador.
— 高橋留美子情報 (@rumicworld1010) April 6, 2023
Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters is a type of Order des Arts et des Letters. It is an order of France established on May 2 1957, by the Minister of Culture.
It is a recognition of one’s significant contributions to the arts, literature or the propagation of these fields. The following mangakas have also received Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters:
- Katsuhiro Otomo
- Leiji Matsumoto
- Akita Toriyama
- Go Nagai
- Jiro Taniguchi
About Rumiko Takahashi
Mangaka Rumiko Takahashi is the author of several successful works and is one of the wealthiest Japanese manga artists. She is the author of classics like Urusei Yatsura, Inuyasha, and Ranma 1/2.
Rumiko has won Shogakukan Manga Awards twice, first in 1980 for Urusei Yatsura and then in 2001 for Inuyasha. Her works Urusei Yatsura and Mermaid Saga also won Seiun Awards in 1987 and 1989 respectively.
She was also awarded Grand Prix de la vile d’Angouleme in 2019. Thus becoming the second woman and second Japanese to win this award. Japanese Government also awarded her with the Medal with Purple Ribbon for her contribution to the arts.
Source: Takahashi’s Official Twitter