Noted Scholar Donald Keene Dies

Noted scholar Donald Keene dies

Donald Keene, a noted scholar of Japanese literature who received the country's highest cultural award, has died at the age of 96. He died of heart failure in a hospital in Tokyo.

Keene was known for introducing Japanese culture internationally through his translations of classical and modern Japanese literature. The American-born scholar was awarded the Order of Culture in 2008 and became a Japanese citizen in 2012.