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KITAKYUSHU (Kyodo) Keitaro Sato, a prewar coal tycoon who donated the bulk of his vast fortune to charities, has finally been honored as a local hero in the city of Kitakyushu, where he made his name.

Nearly seven decades after his death, a bust of Sato, once dubbed Japan’s answer to American industrialist Andrew Carnegie, was unveiled earlier this month at his former residence in Wakamatsu Ward.

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