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Actor and TV personality Tatsuo Umemiya, who appeared in a number of popular films and television dramas, died of chronic kidney failure Thursday morning at a hospital near Tokyo, his agency said. He was 81.

Born in what was then known as Manchukuo, now northeastern China, Umemiya joined film production company Toei Co. in 1958 and raised his profile after starring in “Prince of Space,” a superhero movie for children released the following year.

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