Frank Gibney, a journalist, author and commentator who wrote seminal books on Japan, helped expand Encyclopedia Britannica’s operations in Asia and began a research organization focused on trans-Pacific relations, died April 9 at his home in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 81.
Gibney’s other works include “Japan: The Fragile Superpower” (1976), which contrasted U.S. and Japanese cultural and business traditions.
The Washington Post RICHARD G. ROA Richard G. Roa, a New York-born Tokyo resident who spent more than 30 years working in Japanese business, died Wednesday morning of unexplained causes. He was 75.
Roa had been coordinating business projects between Japan and the United States since 1968. He founded International Ventures Japan in 2004 to help foreign companies expand in the Japanese market.
Before establishing the consulting venture, Roa also led projects to promote Japanese sports and entertainment talent overseas.
A wake for Roa will be held Saturday at Himonya Kaikan hall in Tokyo’s Meguro Ward. The funeral will be held Sunday at the same venue.
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