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Daiso Industries founder Hirotake Yano
BUSINESS
Feb 20, 2024
Hirotake Yano, founder of ¥100 chain Daiso, dies at 80
The retailer capitalized on a shift in spending habits after Japan's economic bubble burst, launching Yano onto the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Alexei Navalny speaks with journalists after he was released from a detention center in Moscow in August 2019
WORLD
Feb 16, 2024
Alexei Navalny, corruption fighter who defied Putin, dies at 47
Navalny fell sick during a walk and medical staff were unable to revive him, prison authorities said Friday.
Maestro Seiji Ozawa conducts the Seiji Ozawa Ongaku-juku orchestra during a rehearsal in Beijing in 2009.
CULTURE / Music
Feb 10, 2024
World mourns loss of 'magician' Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa
Tributes poured in from across the globe for a man credited with paving the way for Asian musicians abroad.
Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa during a rehearsal in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, in September 2005.
CULTURE / Music
Feb 9, 2024
Seiji Ozawa, Japan’s trailblazing maestro, dies at 88
Throughout his illustrious career, Ozawa was instrumental in popularizing classical music for mainstream audiences in Japan and abroad.
1949
JAPAN / History / Japan Times Gone By
Feb 1, 2024
Japan Times 1924: Rescue workers toiling to save eighteen lives
Workers are in the news when, 100 years ago, miners await a rescue and, 50 years later, unified strikes take place.
While global sumo took its first steps toward becoming an organized sport under Hidetoshi Tanaka, it would be an exaggeration to say that everything was plain sailing internationally while the former president was in power.
SUMO / INSIDE SUMO
Jan 17, 2024
Scandal-hit giant of sumo Hidetoshi Tanaka leaves a complicated legacy
For Tanaka, a terse International Sumo Federation statement marked an ignominious end to the life of one of sumo’s most influential figures.
Aki Yashiro (second from right) calls for donations during a charity show held in Tokyo in May 2016 to support quake-hit Kumamoto Prefecture.
CULTURE
Jan 10, 2024
Popular enka singer Aki Yashiro dies at 73
Yashiro had suspended her musical activities after announcing in September that she would focus on treatment of a connective tissue illness.
Kishin Shinoyama speaks during an interview in Tokyo in September 2016 with posters of his works in the background.
CULTURE
Jan 5, 2024
Celebrated Japanese photographer Kishin Shinoyama dies at 83
Shinoyama photographed iconic figures across diverse genres.
An ambulance (left) carrying the body of South Korean actor Lee Sun-kyun leaves a park in central Seoul on Wednesday. Lee, best known for his role in the Oscar-winning film "Parasite," was found dead in an apparent suicide, Yonhap news agency reported.
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Dec 27, 2023
'Parasite' actor Lee Sun-kyun found dead amid drug allegations
Lee had been under investigation amid an ongoing government crackdown on illegal drug use.
Terao, later known as Shikoroyama, defeats yokozuna Takanohana at the Spring Grand Sumo Tournament in Osaka in 1995.
SUMO / INSIDE SUMO
Dec 20, 2023
Stablemaster Shikoroyama's lasting sumo legacy
The stablemaster √ leaves behind a legacy as a popular star who fostered respect for the sport and its participants among the general public.
Sumo stablemaster Shikoroyama (right) with wrestler Abi in Nagoya in June 2019
SUMO
Dec 18, 2023
Sumo stablemaster Shikoroyama dies at 60
Shikoroyama made his professional sumo debut from the Izutsu stable, then headed by his father, in 1979.
Kuwait's then-Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Sabah arrives to attend a conference in Kuwait City in 2014.
WORLD / Politics
Dec 17, 2023
Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Nawaf dies; Sheikh Meshal named as successor
Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal Al Ahmad Al Jaber, 83, who has been Kuwait's de facto ruler since 2021, was named as Sheikh Nawaf's successor.
Henry Kissinger, alongside U.S. President Richard Nixon, is sworn in as secretary of state on Sept. 22, 1973.
ASIA PACIFIC / Politics / FOCUS
Dec 3, 2023
'My blood boils': Kissinger's bitter legacy in Southeast Asia
In Southeast Asia, millions remember when the U.s. bombed swaths of Laos and Cambodia during the Vietnam War, an onslaught ordered by Kissinger and Nixon.
U.S. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in her chambers at the Supreme Court in Washington in 2003.
WORLD
Dec 2, 2023
Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female U.S. Supreme Court justice, dies at 93
The court said in a statement that O'Connor died in Phoenix of complications related to advanced dementia and a respiratory illness.
As well as writing scripts for movies and plays, Taichi Yamada was successful as a novelist, winning many prizes including the Yamamoto Shugoro award, given in 1988 for his novel "Ijintachi tono Natsu."
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Dec 1, 2023
Screenwriter Taichi Yamada dies at 89
Yamada is known for popular TV dramas such as "Fuzoroi no Ringotachi" and "Otokotachi no Tabiji."
Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group’s CEO Jun Ohta died Saturday. He was 65.
BUSINESS / Companies
Nov 27, 2023
Sumitomo Mitsui CEO Jun Ohta, who pushed Asia expansion, dies at 65
Ohta’s well-being attracted attention when he missed an earnings briefing earlier this month, with the bank citing health reasons.
U.S. President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter dance at a White House Congressional Ball in Washington, on Dec. 13, 1978.
WORLD
Nov 20, 2023
Former U.S. first lady Rosalynn Carter dies at 96
Seen as unassuming and quiet before coming to Washington in 1977, Carter developed into an eloquent speaker, campaigner and activist.
Daisaku Ikeda
JAPAN / Society
Nov 18, 2023
Former Soka Gakkai leader Daisaku Ikeda dies at 95
The former president of the lay Buddhist group, one of the largest religious groups in Japan, died of old age on Wednesday at his home in Tokyo.
Hiroyuki Hosoda is elected as Lower House Speaker in November 2021.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 10, 2023
Former Lower House speaker and LDP heavyweight Hiroyuki Hosoda dies
The seasoned lawmaker served in key posts in the government and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, including as chief Cabinet secretary.
Bobby Knight introduces Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump during a rally in Toledo, Ohio, in 2016. Knight died Wednesday at age 83.
BASKETBALL
Nov 2, 2023
Bobby Knight, basketball coach known for trophies and tantrums, dies at 83
Mercurial and volatile, Knight was a brilliant coach who sought out intelligent players, making his mark at Indiana University.

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