Shinkichi Ito, a prize-winning poet and critic known for his writing on his mentor Sakutaro Hagiwara (1886-1942), died of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital on Saturday, his family said. He was 95.

Ito, a native of Maebashi, Gunma Prefecture, began writing poetry at 18 under the direction of Hagiwara, and later published the poetry journal “School,” along with other writers, including Shimpei Kusano (1903-1988).

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