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For 40 years, 'Kochikame' manga offered a window on Japan

A fan picks up a copy of the final volume of Kochikame, along with a weekly Shonen Jump magazine at a bookstore in Tokyo's Takadanobaba district.

TOKYO -- The popular Japanese manga series "Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Koen-mae Hashutsujo," better known as "Kochikame," ended its record run in September.

The slapstick manga appeared in the Shonen Jump weekly comic magazine over four decades. A total 200 volumes of the manga have been published. "Kochikame" was recently recognized by Guinness World Records for most volumes published in a single series.

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