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Actress Kaoru Yachigusa, who rose to prominence with her role in Oscar-winning film “Samurai, The Legend of Musashi” and starred in a number of major movies and TV dramas, died last Thursday of pancreatic cancer at a Tokyo hospital, her office said. She was 88.

The native of Osaka whose real name was Hitomi Taniguchi, announced in February she had cancer and was undergoing treatment.

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