World’s longest-running cartoon put on hold because of coronavirus

The production of the world’s longest-running cartoon, Sazae-san, was put on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to reports, the show broadcasted re-runs for the first time in decades.

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Last Sunday, broadcaster Fuji Television Network said that this is to keep the staff safe from the virus. They said that “We will halt broadcast of new episodes of Sazae-san for the time being from May 17 and instead air re-runs.”

Sazae-san has been airing on Japanese television every Sunday since 1969. The story focuses on a suburban Japanese housewife named Sazae and her extended family.

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The last time the show broadcasted re-runs was in 1975 when production of the show was affected by an earlier oil crisis. The network said that the re-runs to be shown are from two years ago and that they would announce a date for resumption of new episodes as soon as possible.

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