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Renowned actor Hisaya Morishige, the first recipient of the Order of Culture in the field of popular art, died Tuesday at a Tokyo hospital, his management office said. He was 96.

A native of Osaka, Morishige started his film career after World War II and rose to stardom playing a spoiled son from a rich family in the 1955 drama “Meoto Zenzai.” He appeared in both the “Shacho” and “Ekimae” series of comedy movies.

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