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Obituary: Iwao Sumiko, 1935– Staff

Iwao Sumiko, psychologist and professor emeritus at Keio University, passed away in Tokyo on January 11, 2018. She was 83. Born in Tokyo in 1935, Iwao attended Keio University before heading to the United States, where she earned a doctorate in psychology at Yale University. She would go on to serve as a visiting professor at Harvard University and a professor at her alma mater in Tokyo, as wel…

Notable Deaths in 2017

Remembering major Japanese figures who passed away in 2017, including centenarisan physician Hinohara Shigeaki, newsreader Kobayashi Mao, and movie director Suzuki Seijun.

Noted Japanese Poet Ōoka Dies at 86 (News)

Tokyo, April 5 (Jiji Press)—Noted Japanese poet Ōoka Makoto died of respiratory failure at a hospital in Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Wednesday. He was 86. Ōoka started his career as a poet while he was a University of Tokyo student. He published his first poetry book in 1956, when he was working as a staff writer at the major Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun. The book won him a lot of acc…

Notable Deaths in 2016

Remembering major Japanese figures who passed away in 2016, including sumō star Chiyonofuji, theater director Ninagawa Yukio, and Takahito, Prince Mikasa.

Cinema Star Takakura Ken Passes Away at 83

The death of Takakura Ken, a Japanese movie legend who rose to fame in 1960s yakuza films and later gained international recognition through appearances in Hollywood productions, was announced on November 18, 2014. His company, Takakura Promotions, reported that the actor had died of malignant lymphoma in a Tokyo hospital on November 10. He was 83. Takakura was born in Fukuoka Prefecture in 1931.…

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