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A pioneer in the promotion of private-sector international exchanges in Japan since the 1960s, Tadashi Yamamoto has left many around the world mourning his recent death and remembering his legacy in enhancing Japan-U.S. relations.

“He always upheld his integrity while working with corporations and governments, and his unwavering attitude won many people’s trust,” said Hideko Katsumata, 66, executive director and chief operating officer of the Japan Center for International Exchange. “He was always positive and forward-looking.”

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