Japanese Philosophy Heavyweight Umehara Dies at 93

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Kyoto, Jan. 14 (Jiji Press)--Influential Japanese philosopher Takeshi Umehara died of pneumonia at his home in Kyoto on Saturday. He was 93.

Umehara, who won the Order of Culture in 1999, discussed not only philosophies but wide-ranging topics about Japanese culture.

Born in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Umehara served as professors at Ritsumeikan University and Kyoto City University of Arts and as president of the oldest art university in Japan, after graduating from Kyoto University's philosophy department in 1948.

Initially he focused on western philosophies but shifted attention to Japanese culture, particularly ancient history and Buddhism. His research activities went beyond existing academic boundaries, resulting in a variety of publications reflecting his unique viewpoints.

A book in 1972 called Horyuji in Nara Prefecture a temple built to soothe grudges of the family of Shotoku Taishi, an ancient prince and politician known for promulgating the first written code of laws in the country.

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