Japanese Renowned Author Taichi Sakaiya Dies

Japanese renowned author Taichi Sakaiya dies

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.

World's Oldest Man Dies At 113

World's oldest man dies at 113

A 113-year-old Japanese man died on Sunday. Masazo Nonaka was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest man in April last year.

Nonaka, a resident of Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, was born in July 1905.

World's Oldest Man Dies At 113

World's oldest man dies at 113

A 113-year-old Japanese man died on Sunday. Masazo Nonaka was recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's oldest man in April last year.

Nonaka, a resident of Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, was born in July 1905.

Former Chief Of Japan Keidanren Dies

Former chief of Japan Keidanren dies

The former chairman of the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, died last Friday. Hiromasa Yonekura was 81.

Yonekura had a long career at Sumitomo Chemical. He joined the predecessor of Sumitomo Chemical in 1960. He became its president in 2000 and then chairman in 2009.

Whale Shark Found In Tottori River Dies

Whale shark found in Tottori river dies

A whale shark believed to have strayed into a river in Tottori Prefecture, western Japan, has been found dead.

A resident of Kotoura Town found the 5-meter-long shark near the mouth of the Katsutagawa River on Saturday. It reportedly had scars on its tail fin.

Nobel Chemistry Laureate Shimomura Dies

Nobel chemistry laureate Shimomura dies

Osamu Shimomura, a co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2008, has died at the age of 90.

Shimomura was born in Kyoto Prefecture in 1928. He was an assistant professor at Nagoya University and worked at the Marine Biological Laboratory in the US before becoming a professor emeritus at Boston University.

Quake Evacuee Dies After Collapsing At Shelter

Quake evacuee dies after collapsing at shelter

An 81-year-old evacuee has died after collapsing in a shelter in a town in the quake-hit prefecture of Hokkaido in northern Japan.

The woman was found unconscious at around 3 PM on Tuesday in a bath at a public facility that is being used as a shelter in Atsuma.

Manga Artist Momoko Sakura Dies

Manga artist Momoko Sakura dies

The Japanese manga artist famous for her character Chibi Maruko-chan has died. Her office says she passed away from breast cancer on August 15th. She was 53 years old.

Momoko Sakura from Shizuoka Prefecture made her debut as a manga artist in 1984.

Former Toyota Chief Tatsuro Toyoda Dies At 88

Former Toyota chief Tatsuro Toyoda dies at 88

Former Toyota President Tatsuro Toyoda, who helped the Japanese automaker become a global industrial power in the early 1990s, has died at the age of 88, the company said on Saturday. The son of the company's founder, Kiichiro Toyoda, he took a major role in Toyota's international expansion during the 1980s and 1990s and led the company from 1992 to 1995 as the automaker accelerated its global expansion. He was the first president of the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc, or NUMMI, plant in California in the mid-1980s, a joint venture with Detroit rival General Motors that demonstrated Toyota's highly efficient production system could be adapted to the culture of operations outside its home base of Japan. NUMMI paved the way for Toyota's subsequent investments in its own U.S. assembly and component factories. Toyota now has 10 manufacturing operations in the United States. Toyoda stepped down as company president in 1995. Toyota said in a short statement that Toyoda died of pneumonia on Dec. 30. He is survived by his wife, Ayako Toyoda. (Reporting By Joe White; Editing by Bill Rigby)

Seizo Fukumoto, The Man Who Dies For A Living

Seizo Fukumoto, the man who dies for a livingSeizo Fukumoto has supported the production of samurai period dramas at Toei Co.'s studio in Kyoto for more than half a century. He is a kirare-yaku — an actor who specializes in being slashed at the hands of heroes. Dubbed "the man slashed 50,000 times," Fukumoto, now 74, still appears in films to this day.


Fukumoto was a movie extra when he was young, playing bit parts such as passersby and litter carriers, while also doing stunts.