Naokazu Takeuchi, founder and former representative of the Consumers Union of Japan, died Dec. 16 of a ruptured aorta, acquaintances said Wednesday. He was 83.

A Kyoto native, Takeuchi graduated from the Tokyo Imperial University, which is now the University of Tokyo, in 1942 and joined the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry. He served as the accounting section chief at the ministry and as counselor at the general planning department of the Economic Planning Agency before retiring in 1968.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.