Sam Jameson, a former correspondent and Tokyo bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times and a longtime resident of Japan, died early Friday at Kitasato Hospital in Tokyo of a hemorrhagic stroke after being hospitalized since March 24. He was 76.

Born in Pittsburgh on Aug. 9, 1936, he earned a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University's school of journalism in 1958 and a master's degree in 1959.

He worked at the head office of the Chicago Tribune for a year before being drafted by the U.S. Army, which brought him to Tokyo, where he worked for Pacific Stars and Stripes from 1960. After he was discharged in 1962, he studied at the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies and later became the Tribune's Tokyo bureau chief.