Tag - obituary



Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
May 12, 2016
Renowned Japanese stage director Yukio Ninagawa dies at 80
Stage director Yukio Ninagawa, renowned worldwide for his interpretations of plays by William Shakespeare and Greek tragedies, died Thursday of multiple organ failure caused by pneumonia, theater sources said. He was 80.
Japan Times
May 8, 2016
Isao Tomita, Japanese pioneer of synthesizer music, dies at 84
Isao Tomita, the synthesizer pioneer who composed the score for Tezuka Osamu's anime "Kimba the White Lion" and NHK drama "Hana no Shogai," died of heart failure Thursday at Tokyo Metropolitan Hiroo Hospital. He was 84.
Japan Times
May 7, 2016
Ex-fighter pilot and anti-war activist Kaname Harada dies at 99
Kaname Harada, a former Japanese fighter pilot and anti-war activist, died Tuesday in Nagano due to multiple organ failure, his family said. He was 99.
Japan Times
May 4, 2016
Ex-trade minister Shinji Sato dies at 84
Former Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker and trade minister Shinji Sato has died, a source from his hometown in Yamaguchi Prefecture said Wednesday. He was 84.
Apr 16, 2016
The first chief of the labor organization Rengo, Akira Yamagishi, dies at 86
Akira Yamagishi, the first president of Japan's largest labor organization known as Rengo has died, union officials announced Friday. He was 86.
Apr 13, 2016
Bruneian who survived Hiroshima bombing dies
A Bruneian survivor of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima died Monday at his home in Brunei, his son said Wednesday. He was 92.
Japan Times
Mar 23, 2016
Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford dies after bout with rare cancer at 46
Rob Ford, who catapulted into the international spotlight after admitting he smoked crack cocaine while mayor of Toronto, has died. He was 46.
Mar 13, 2016
Shoichi Ueno, co-owner of Asahi Shimbun, dies at 79
Shoichi Ueno, co-owner of the Asahi Shimbun, died of lung cancer at a hospital in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, on Feb. 29, it was recently learned. He was 79.
Japan Times
Feb 20, 2016
'To Kill a Mockingbird' author Harper Lee dies at 89
Harper Lee, who wrote one of America's most beloved literary classics, "To Kill a Mockingbird," and surprised readers with a second book about racial injustice in the South after living a largely reclusive life for decades, died at the age of 89 on Friday.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Feb 6, 2016
Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, sixth man to walk on moon, dies at 85
Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, the sixth man to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 85, NASA said on Friday.
Japan Times
Jan 6, 2016
Stephen Bosworth, former U.S. envoy to North Korea, dies at 76
Stephen Bosworth, a veteran U.S. diplomat who for many years headed Washington's engagement with North Korea, has died. He was 76.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Jan 3, 2016
Dale Bumpers, former Arkansas governor and U.S. senator who helped defend Clinton against impeachment, dead at 90
Dale Bumpers, the small-town lawyer who served Arkansas as governor and in the U.S. Senate and delivered a stirring speech during Bill Clinton's impeachment trial that helped save his presidency, died at home on Friday at the age of 90, his family said on Saturday.
Dec 22, 2015
Former Nissan President Yoshikazu Hanawa, led company's recovery, dies at 81
Former Nissan Motor Co. President Yoshikazu Hanawa, who steered a major turnaround for the automaker, died last Friday of a heart attack, the company said. He was 81.
Japan Times
Dec 10, 2015
Award-winning novelist Akiyuki Nosaka dies at 85
Novelist and former Upper House lawmaker Akiyuki Nosaka, best known for his award-winning "Grave of the Fireflies," died Wednesday at a hospital in Tokyo due to heart failure, police sources said Thursday. He was 85.
Japan Times
Dec 7, 2015
Popular actress Tomi Taira, featured in TV's 'Chura-san,' dies at 87
Actress Tomi Taira, who achieved great popularity for her role in the popular TV series "Chura-san," died Sunday of respiratory failure at a hospital in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture. She was 87.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Dec 5, 2015
Robert Loggia, actor in 'Scarface' and 'Big,' dies at 85
Robert Loggia, the gravelly voiced character actor who danced with Tom Hanks on a giant floor keyboard in "Big," fought aliens in "Independence Day" and trafficked in drugs in "Scarface," died on Friday at age 85, his widow said.
Japan Times
Nov 30, 2015
Renowned 'GeGeGe no Kitaro' manga artist Shigeru Mizuki dies at 93
Cartoonist Shigeru Mizuki, known for his "GeGeGe no Kitaro" series depicting yokai, the spirits and monsters of Japanese folklore, died Monday of multiple organ failure at a Tokyo hospital, his office said. He was 93.
Japan Times
Nov 26, 2015
Mysterious Japanese screen legend Setsuko Hara dies at 95
Legendary actress Setsuko Hara, who starred in "Tokyo Story" and other films by Yasujiro Ozu and other prominent Japanese directors, has died.
Japan Times
Nov 21, 2015
Sumo great Kitanoumi dies at 62
The Japan Sumo Association said Saturday it will hold a memorial service on Dec. 22 at Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan stadium for its late chairman, Kitanoumi, who passed away Friday night due to multiple organ failure. He was 62.
Japan Times
Nov 2, 2015
Decorated U.S. sailor turned missionary, who served at Okinawa leprosy facility, dies at 88
The Rev. Charles Brozat, an American missionary whose 54-year service in Japan included a decade ministering to leprosy sufferers in Okinawa, has died at the age of 88.


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