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Robert “Skipp” Orr, former U.S. ambassador to the Asian Development Bank and a key figure in the U.S.-Japan relationship, died Aug. 12 at the age of 68, friends of the family have said. Further details were not immediately available.

Orr enjoyed a long and distinguished career in business, government and academia. He is credited with opening up Japan’s cell phone market in the 1990s as a Motorola Inc. executive, and he served as president of Boeing Japan Co. from 2002 to 2007. During his time at Boeing, the 787 Dreamliner was developed, with 35% of the components made in Japan. Between 2007 and 2010, he was chairman of the board of the Panasonic Foundation.

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