And finally, tributes to five Japanese newsmakers who have passed away recently:
- Actor Masakazu Tamura, 77, who appeared in a number of popular TV series and films in his 60-year career, including the 1994-2006 drama series “Furuhata Ninzaburo,” died of heart failure at a hospital in Tokyo last month, it was learned Tuesday.
- Sugako Hashida, a scriptwriter known for her work on the internationally acclaimed 1980s TV drama series “Oshin,” died last month of lymphoma at her home. In 2017, Hashida stirred controversy with a book revealing her wish to die by euthanasia.
- Matashichi Oishi, 87, a crew member of the Fukuryu Maru (Lucky Dragon) No. 5 fishing boat that was exposed to fallout from a U.S. H-bomb test at Bikini Atoll, died of pneumonia in March, having survived cancer and many other illnesses after the 1954 test.
- Isamu Akasaki, a co-winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics for inventing the world’s first efficient blue light-emitting diodes, passed away last month. He was 92. The advance laid the groundwork for bright, energy-saving LED lamps.
- Masatomo Taniguchi, the highest point scorer (with 191) in men’s basketball at the 1972 Munich Olympics, died of pancreatic cancer on May 2, aged 75. The left-hander was also the top scorer in the domestic league for five seasons from 1971, playing for Nippon Kokan.