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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.
Then-Chinese Premier Li Keqiang takes the oath after he was re-elected for a second term during the sixth-plenary session of the National People's Congress in Beijing in March 2018.
COMMENTARY / World
Oct 30, 2023
Remembering Li Keqiang, who retired with a broken heart
He is best known outside of China for the Li Keqiang Index, created by The Economist to measure the nation’s economic growth.
Matthew Perry at the premiere of "The Kennedys After Camelot" in Beverly Hills, California, in 2017
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Oct 29, 2023
'Friends' actor Matthew Perry dies at age 54
Law enforcement sources told the Los Angeles Times that Perry was found unresponsive in a hot tub at his Los Angeles home.
Bobby Charlton scored 249 goals in 758 appearances for Manchester United, as well as 49 goals in 106 caps for England.
SOCCER
Oct 22, 2023
Bobby Charlton, England and Manchester United great, dies at 86
A survivor of the infamous 1958 Munich air crash, Charlton later helped England win its only World Cup and guided United to European glory.
Shinji Tanimura sings at the opening ceremony of the Shanghai World Expo in April 2010.
CULTURE / Music
Oct 16, 2023
Japanese singer Shinji Tanimura dies at 74
Tanimura, leader of Japanese folk group Alice, underwent surgery for acute enteritis in March this year, with ongoing treatment.
Dariush Mehrjui attends the commemoration ceremony of the 20th Great Celebration of Iranian Cinema in August 2018
CULTURE
Oct 15, 2023
Prominent Iranian director Dariush Mehrjui stabbed to death
The 83-year-old filmmaker was indelibly associated with the Iranian new wave of cinema, having made "The Cow" in 1969, one of the movement's first films.
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington in December 2014.
WORLD
Sep 29, 2023
Long-serving U.S. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein dies at 90
Feinstein was a Washington trail-blazer who among other accomplishments became the first woman to head the influential Senate Intelligence Committee.
A moment of silence is held for Robinson before the Orioles' game against the Nationals in Baltimore, Maryland, on Tuesday.
BASEBALL / MLB
Sep 27, 2023
Orioles' star third baseman Brooks Robinson dies at 86
Robinson won 16 Gold Gloves as the best at his position and was named an All-Star 18 times.
Ichikawa Eno and his son Ichikawa Chusha, the actor now known as Teruyuki Kagawa, attend a news conference in Tokyo in 2011.
CULTURE / Stage
Sep 16, 2023
Ichikawa Eno, founder of 'Super Kabuki,' dies at 83
Ichikawa Eno, who combined Kabuki traditional elements with modern theater technology, has died of arrhythmia in Tokyo. He was 83.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
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