Famed Author Taichi Sakaiya, Known for "Dankai no Sedai," Dies at 83

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Tokyo, Feb. 10 (Jiji Press)--Renowned Japanese author Taichi Sakaiya, known for the creator of the words "dankai no sedai," or baby-boomer generation, died of multiple organ failure at a hospital in Tokyo on Friday. He was 83.

Sakaiya, whose real name was Kotaro Ikeguchi, also served as head of the former Economic Planning Agency (EPA), a central government agency that has been reorganized into the Cabinet Office.

Precisely figuring out political and economic trends, and actively making policy proposals, Sakaiya greatly affected Japanese society.

Born in the western city of Osaka in 1935, Sakaiya entered the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, now the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, in 1960 after graduating from the University of Tokyo's Faculty of Economics.

When he was a young MITI bureaucrat, Sakaiya played a central role in the planning of the 1970 World Expo in Osaka Prefecture, helping to demonstrate Japan's high economic growth at the time to the world.

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