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Hirokazu Kuroda, the leader of a radical leftist group from the 1960s to the 1990s, died at a hospital in Saitama Prefecture in late June, sources said Thursday. He was 78.

Kuroda was chairman of the Japan Revolutionary Communist League, also known as the Revolutionary Marxist faction, from 1963 to 1996.

Little is known about the role he played after stepping down, but he is believed to have maintained influence with the group.

Kyodo News

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