Vivienne Kenrick, who wrote the weekly Personality Profile in The Japan Times from 1963 to 2007, died Sunday of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital. She was 89.

Kenrick came to Japan from Hong Kong with her late husband, Douglas, and two daughters in 1948. It was in 1963 that she began interviewing people for her popular newspaper column.

She also authored several books, including “Tokyo Days,” “Horses in Japan” and her reminiscences of living in Tokyo in “Too Far East Too Long,” which she cowrote with her daughter, Miranda.

Kenrick is survived by her daughters Linden and Miranda. A private funeral service will be held.

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