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Veteran LDP lawmaker Koichi Kato dies at age 77

Sep 10, 2016

Veteran LDP lawmaker Koichi Kato dies at age 77

Koichi Kato, a retired Liberal Democratic Party politician who was once widely considered as a top prospect to become prime minister, died of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital Friday, sources said. He was 77. Kato, a former secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party, was ...

A father's 25-year battle with reclusive son

Sep 10, 2016

A father's 25-year battle with reclusive son

Twenty-five years have passed since Akio Kusano’s son, Koichi, dropped out of high school. During that time Koichi, now 42, has rarely left his house, despite clinging to a dream of one day becoming a rakugo comic storyteller. According to a recently released government ...