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Toru Funamura, celebrated composer of “Yagiri no Watashi” (“Ferry at Yagiri,”) “Osho” (“Shogi King”) and other popular Japanese songs, has died, his office said Friday. He was 84.

The Tochigi Prefecture native, whose real name was Hiroo Fukuda, died Thursday at a hospital in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture. The cause of death was heart failure, according to Nippon Columbia Co.

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