The creator of the popular Japanese anime series "Lupin the Third" has died. The company that produces the series announced that Monkey Punch, whose real name was Kazuhiko Kato, died of pneumonia last Thursday. He was 81.
He was born in northern Japan's Hokkaido Prefecture. After taking evening courses to obtain his high school diploma, he moved to Tokyo.
Donald Keene, a distinguished scholar of Japanese literature, has died at the age of 96. He died of heart failure on Sunday morning in a hospital in Tokyo.
Keene was born in New York in 1922 and first studied the Japanese language in the US Navy. After World War Two, he enrolled at Kyoto University to study Japanese literature.
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.
Renowned Japanese author Taichi Sakaiya, who also served in key government posts, died of multiple organ failure on Friday. He was 83.
Sakaiya was born in Osaka City, western Japan, in 1935. After graduating from the University of Tokyo with a degree in economics, he started working for the trade and industry ministry in 1960.