Japanese Travel Journalist Kaoru Kanetaka Dies at 90

Society Culture

Tokyo, Jan. 9 (Jiji Press)--Famed Japanese travel journalist Kaoru Kanetaka, known for a television program featuring her trips around the world, died of heart failure at her home in Tokyo on Saturday. She was 90.

Kanetaka, who was born in the western Japan city of Kobe, studied in the United States after graduating from St. Hilda's School, a girls' school in Tokyo.

After returning from the United States, Kanetaka started her career as a travel writer.

In 1959, she joined the production of the TV program, "Kanetaka Kaoru Sekai Tobiaruki," which was later renamed "Kanetaka Kaoru Sekai no Tabi." The program lasted until 1990, making many Japanese people dream of overseas trips.

Kanetaka visited more than 150 countries and conducted interviews with famous figures, including former U.S. President John F. Kennedy, Spanish painter Salvador Dali and British Prince Charles.

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