Tsuneko Sasamoto, Japan's 1st Female Photojournalist, Dies at 107

Society

Tokyo, Aug. 22 (Jiji Press)--Tsuneko Sasamoto, known as Japan's first female photojournalist, died of old age at a facility for the elderly in the city of Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, on Aug. 15. She was 107.

In the run-up to the Pacific War from 1941, Sasamoto took photos of events including a ladies' meeting celebrating the Tripartite Pact between Germany, Italy and Japan.

After the war, she worked for a newspaper and then became a freelancer, including covering the conflict in Japan over the security treaty with the United States.

Although she stepped away from her career for a time, Sasamoto made a comeback at the age of 71.

In 2016, Sasamoto received the U.S. Lucie Award in the lifetime achievement category.

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