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Kataoka Hidetaro, a kabuki actor and living national treasure in Japan, has died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Shochiku Co., a producer of kabuki performances, said Thursday. He was 79.

Hidetaro, who died at his home in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, on Sunday, was born as the second son of the famous kabuki actor Kataoka Nizaemon XIII. He grew up in the prestigious Matsushimaya kabuki family with his brothers Gato and Nizaemon XV, the latter also a living national treasure.

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