Former Sogo chief Hiroo Mizushima dies at 102

Aug 21, 2014

Former Sogo chief Hiroo Mizushima dies at 102

Hiroo Mizushima, the former chairman of failed department store chain Sogo Co., has died of heart failure at a Tokyo hospital at the age of 102, it was learned Thursday. Mizushima, who was at the helm of Sogo for nearly 40 years, passed away ...

Leprosy activist Kodama dies at 82

May 11, 2014

Leprosy activist Kodama dies at 82

Yuji Kodama, a prominent fighter of discrimination against former leprosy patients, died Sunday of lung cancer at a sanitarium in Kusatsu, Gunma Prefecture. He was 82. Kodama represented many former leprosy patients across the country who filed lawsuits, mainly in the late 1990s, claiming ...

Apr 16, 2014

Shijuro Ogata, ex-BOJ exec who witnessed Plaza Accord, dies at 86

Shijuro Ogata, who as Bank of Japan executive director witnessed the historic 1985 Plaza Accord of economic policy coordination among major nations, died of heart failure Monday, it was learned Wednesday. He was 86. His wife is Sadako Ogata, a former U.N. high commissioner ...

Chinese 'Iron Chef' Shu Tomitoku dies

Apr 13, 2014

Chinese 'Iron Chef' Shu Tomitoku dies

A Chinese chef who became a popular fixture on Japanese TV shows has died of aspiration pneumonia at a Yokohama hospital, his family said Sunday. He was 71. Zhou Fude, who died last Tuesday, was especially well-known as a result of his appearances on ...

| Apr 8, 2014

Obituary: Peter Martin

by Mike Barrett

Peter Martin, former director of the British Council who was also a Japan-inspired detective novel writer known as James Melville, died recently. He was 83. Born in London in 1931, Martin studied philosophy at university but eventually pursued a career in the arts and ...

Writer-environmentalist Peter Matthiessen dies at 86

Apr 6, 2014

Writer-environmentalist Peter Matthiessen dies at 86

Peter Matthiessen, a rich man’s son who rejected a life of ease in favor of physical and spiritual challenges and produced such acclaimed works as “The Snow Leopard” and “At Play in the Fields of the Lord,” died Saturday. He was 86. His publisher ...

Mandela's daughter: last week 'wonderful'

Dec 10, 2013

Mandela's daughter: last week 'wonderful'

The eldest daughter of Nelson Mandela on Monday told how her father spent a “wonderful” week surrounded by family before dying Thursday at 95. Makaziwe Mandela told the BBC that the anti-apartheid icon was with his children and grandchildren and wife, Graca. “Until the ...

South Africa fights AIDS in new war

| Dec 7, 2013

South Africa fights AIDS in new war

Nelson Mandela was one of the first public figures to break the taboo in South Africa over AIDS, a disease that hit close to home when it claimed the life of his own son. Mandela faced criticism for saying little about the pandemic while ...

North's top brass pays tribute to Mandela

Dec 7, 2013

North's top brass pays tribute to Mandela

North Korea sent its condolences to South Africa on Saturday over the death of Nelson Mandela, praising his “struggle against racism and for democracy” in the country. Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the North’s Supreme People’s Assembly, sent a message of ...