Former News 23 anchor Kishii dies at 73

Kyodo, JIJI

Shigetada Kishii, a former anchor of with the news program News 23, died Tuesday of lung cancer at his Tokyo home. He was 73.

Kishii joined the daily Mainichi Shimbun newspaper in 1967 and headed its political news section. He also served as chief editorial writer and managing editor. The long-time journalist led the TBS news program as an anchor between 2013 and 2016, and also appeared in the broadcaster’s Sunday Morning show.

The Tokyo native was known for his criticism of security legislation pushed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that expanded the Self-Defense Forces’ role. He left News 23 after drawing flak from conservatives who believed that his position on the legislation violated the Broadcast Law, which states broadcasters must be politically impartial.

In 2014, Kishii was awarded the Hashida Award, given to outstanding TV programs or personalities.