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Prominent TV director Ben Wada died of esophageal cancer Friday at a nursing home in Kawasaki, his family said Tuesday. He was 80.

After joining NHK in 1953, Wada, a Mie Prefecture native, directed a series of period and other dramas and won various art awards.

After retiring from NHK in 1987, he directed a number of films while appearing on television variety programs.

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