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Veteran actress Michiyo Aratama, a popular figure in TV dramas and on stage, died of heart failure at a Tokyo hospital Saturday, her family said Thursday. She was 71.

Aratama, whose real name is Kyoko Toda, was a graduate of the Takarazuka all-female troupe and appeared in the “Ningen no Joken” (“The Human Condition”) movie series, directed by Masaki Kobayashi, and many TV dramas.

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