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Japan Times
Dec 1, 2022
Christine McVie, hit-maker for Fleetwood Mac, dies at 79
As a singer, songwriter and keyboardist, she was a prolific force behind one of the most popular rock bands of the last 50 years.
Japan Times
Nov 30, 2022
Former China leader Jiang Zemin dies at 96
Jiang took power in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square crackdown and led the world's most populous nation toward its emergence as a powerhouse on the global stage.
Japan Times
Nov 27, 2022
'90s Japanese film 'All Under the Moon' director Yoichi Sai dies
In January, Yoichi Sai announced that he was battling bladder cancer.
Japan Times
Oct 23, 2022
Dietrich Mateschitz, marketing pioneer of Red Bull, dies at 78
A pilot and skiing enthusiast, he built a sports and marketing empire, along with a multi-billion-dollar personal fortune.
Japan Times
SOCCER / J. League
Oct 22, 2022
Former Reysol star and Japan international Masato Kudo dies at 32
The Tegevajaro Miyazaki striker, who won Japan's three major club titles with Kashiwa Reysol between 2011 and 2013, underwent surgery earlier this month to treat fluid buildup in his brain.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Oct 20, 2022
Koji Nakamoto, member of comedy group the Drifters, dies at 81
Nakamoto was part of the group when they served as an opening act for the Beatles when the English band performed in Japan for the first time in 1966.
Japan Times
Oct 7, 2022
Yuriko Yamawaki, prizewinning illustrator of work adapted by Studio Ghibli, dies at 80
'The Whale Hunt,' a 16-minute short film based on a story by Yamawaki and her elder sister, was directed by Hayao Miyazaki, and she also illustrated the book adapted for 'Treasure Hunting'
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JAPAN / Politics
Oct 1, 2022
Japan wrestling legend and former lawmaker Antonio Inoki dies at 79
The famed professional wrestler was known for taking on world boxing champion Muhammad Ali in 1976 and making numerous trips to North Korea as a lawmaker.
Japan Times
Sep 13, 2022
William Klein, who photographed the energy of city life, dies at 96
William Klein, one of his generation's most celebrated photographers, navigated multiple disciplines, breaking rules and expectations along the way.
Japan Times
Sep 9, 2022
Queen Elizabeth mourned globally as a stabilizing force in tumultuous age
Her death prompted an outpouring of condolences from global leaders, many noting that her long reign provided constancy to a world beset by wars, a pandemic and other crises.
Japan Times
Sep 9, 2022
Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, dies at 96
Her reign took Britain from the age of steam to the era of the smartphone, and she oversaw the largely peaceful breakup of an empire that once spanned the globe.
Japan Times
WORLD / Politics
Aug 31, 2022
Mikhail Gorbachev, reformist Soviet leader, dies at 91
Adopting principles of glasnost and perestroika, he weighed the legacy of seven decades of Communist rule and set a new course, presiding over the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 30, 2022
Charismatic business leader Kazuo Inamori, founder of Kyocera, dies at 90
Inamori, one of Japan's most influential and respected business leaders, died of natural causes, the company said.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design
Aug 9, 2022
Famed Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake dies at 84
Miyake shot to fame internationally with his designs incorporating cutting-edge silhouettes and innovative fabrics.
Japan Times
Aug 3, 2022
Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully dies at 94
Known for his 'golden voice,' articulate phrasing and rich knowledge of the game, the New York City native is indelibly linked to one of Major League Baseball's most storied franchises.
Japan Times
Jul 12, 2022
Political heavyweight and former Finance Minister Hirohisa Fujii dies at 90
A native of Tokyo, the former opposition Democratic Party of Japan secretary-general was known as a strong advocate of raising consumption tax to support Japan's graying population.
Japan Times
Jun 7, 2022
Former Sony CEO Nobuyuki Idei dies of liver failure at 84
Idei, who joined the company in 1960 and served as CEO from 1998 to 2005, was once synonymous with the rise of corporate Japan around the world.
Japan Times
May 27, 2022
Former JR Central boss Yoshiyuki Kasai, a leader of rail privatization, dies at 81
Kasai was one of the three key figures along with the former presidents of JR East and JR West who led the reform of Japan's railway system and breakup of the state-owned operator in 1987.
Japan Times
May 13, 2022
UAE President Khalifa, a pro-West modernizer, dies
Khalifa, born in 1948, had rarely been seen in public since suffering a stroke in 2014.
Japan Times
Mar 24, 2022
Madeleine Albright, first woman to serve as U.S. secretary of state, dies at 84
A child of Czech refugees who fled from Nazi invaders and Communist oppressors, Albright flourished as a diplomat and the first woman to serve as secretary of state.


Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on