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Shingo Yamashiro, an actor and TV emcee, died of pneumonia Wednesday at a nursing home for the elderly in Tokyo, sources said Friday. He was 70.

A native of Kyoto, Yamashiro, whose real name is Yasuji Watanabe, debuted as a movie actor in 1957. He starred in a TV drama called “Hakuba Doji” (“White Horse Rider”) in 1960 and acted in a series of yakuza films titled “Jingi Naki Tatakai” (“Battle Without Honor and Humanity”) in the 1970s.

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