Writer, psychiatrist Nada Inada dies at 83

Kyodo

Writer and psychiatrist Nada Inada, renowned for his humorous and satirical books, died Thursday at the age of 83, sources said Sunday.

He had revealed he was suffering from pancreatic cancer.

A native of Tokyo who graduated from the Medical School of Keio University in 1953, Nada, whose real name was Shigeru Horiuchi, was a prolific writer with his pen name derived from the Spanish phrase “nada y nada” (nothing and nothing).

He was renowned for a range of essays and books including “Papa no okurimono” (Gifts from a Papa) and “Rojinto sengen” (A Declaration of the Virtual Party of the Seniors). He also authored many books relating to the medical field, including one concerning the treatment of alcoholism.