National Jan 31, 2009

Obituary: Gosuke Uchimura

Gosuke Uchimura, a renowned scholar of Russian literature who wrote about his experience in a Siberian prison, died of heart failure Friday in a hospital in Tokyo, family members said. He was 88. A native of Tochigi Prefecture, Uchimura, whose real name was Misao Naito, ...

Obituary: Tetsu Ueda

National Dec 20, 2008

Obituary: Tetsu Ueda

Tetsu Ueda, ardent guardian of the pacifist Constitution and a former lawmaker from the now-defunct Japan Socialist Party, died Wednesday of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital, his family said Friday. He was 80. A private wake and funeral will be attended by family members, but ...

National Nov 13, 2008

Obituary: Yukika Sohma

Yukika Sohma, president of the nonprofit Association of Aid and Relief, died Saturday in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture. She was 96. A funeral was held by family members. A memorial will be held later in Tokyo. An activist for peace and democracy, Sohma promoted and established the ...

National Oct 31, 2008

Obituary: Koichiro Ueda

Former Japanese Communist Party Vice Chairman Koichiro Ueda died Thursday of chronic respiratory failure at a Tokyo hospital, the JCP said. He was 81. A native of Chigasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, Ueda joined the JCP in 1946 as a student at the University of Tokyo and ...

Business Sep 11, 2008

Obituary: Satoshi Sumita

Satoshi Sumita, who headed the Bank of Japan during the nation's asset bubble in the late 1980s, has died. He was 92. Sumita, who headed the bank between 1984 and 1989, died of pneumonia in Tokyo on Sept. 7, the BOJ said in a statement ...

Business Aug 14, 2008

Obituary: Shuichiro Yamanouchi

Shuichiro Yamanouchi, former chairman of East Japan Railway Co. and president of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), died of heart failure at a hospital on Aug. 8, people close to him said Wednesday. He was 75. A Tokyo native, Yamanouchi in 1956 joined what ...

National Aug 1, 2008

Obituary: Seiichiro Kudo

Seiichiro Kudo, a scholar of Russian literature who translated numerous Russian literary works into Japanese, died July 9 in Sapporo, his family said Thursday. He was 86. Kudo, a former professor at Kansai University, produced renditions of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace," Fyodor Dostoevski's "Crime ...

National Jul 27, 2008

Obituary: Akiho Miyashiro

Akiho Miyashiro, a Japanese geologist renowned for his research in plate tectonics, was found dead Thursday in a forest park in New York, local police said Friday. He was 87. The police suspect that Miyashiro might have fallen off a cliff while walking through the ...

National Jul 15, 2008

Obituary: Susumu Ono

Susumu Ono, a prominent linguist known for his groundbreaking research into the origins of the Japanese language, died Monday of heart failure at a Tokyo hospital, his family said. He was 88. Ono stirred up active academic debate advancing a theory that Japanese shares common ...

National Jul 11, 2008

Obituary: Yoji Totsuka

Yoji Totsuka, a particle physicist known for his groundbreaking discovery about neutrinos, died Thursday of multiple organ failure caused by cancer, his family said. He was 66. Totsuka, who held the title of special professor emeritus at his alma mater, the University of Tokyo, was ...