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Japanese actor Kunie Tanaka, known for his appearances in the 1962 film “Sanjuro” directed by Akira Kurosawa and a long-running TV drama series, died on March 24 at 88, his family said.

Tanaka was a fixture in Japanese households, playing an awkward but loving father in a 20-year-long TV drama “Kita no kuni kara” (From the Northern Country) that started in 1981.

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