Actress Ryoko Sakaguchi passed away Wednesday , the office of her husband and others close to her said Friday. She was 57.
Sakaguchi, who appeared in numerous Japanese television dramas and movies, made her first appearance in a TV drama in 1972, starring in "Aichan ga Iku." She also acted in the film "The Inugami Clan."
Sakaguchi, who was born in the town of Yoichi, Hokkaido, was known for her cheerful and amiable character.
Sakaguchi married professional golfer Tateo Ozaki last August.