Jim Dunne, The Pioneer Of Automotive Spy Photography, Passes At 87

Jim Dunne, the pioneer of automotive spy photography, passes at 87

Jim Dunne, who is widely recognized as the pioneer of automotive spy photography, died this Monday at age 87. We run a lot of spy photography stories here at Autoblog from photographers who have followed in Dunne's path, but the late Dunne essentially invented the art back in the 1960s. There may have been the stray photo of a prototype run in some publications previous to him, but Dunne created the spy photography game as it is today. Dunne is going to be missed by many. Brian Williams, a fellow spy photographer and close friend of Dunne's gave us a snapshot into Dunne himself and his relationship with him. "To be honest he was like a grandfather to me. He was a good man. He was a mentor. He was just a really good person," Williams says. Getting inside Dunne's inner circle wasn't always the easiest thing to do, though. "He was a tough one," Williams told us. "He wouldn't let everybody in. He was one of those ones where you had to gain his friendship, you had to work for it. But once you got it … it couldn't be touched. He will be truly missed." Williams may not have known Dunne when he was starting out in the early days of spy photography, but he's come up in the business with Dunne by his side on many occasions. "I've known him for about 10 years," Williams continues. "I've seen him out in Death Valley. We'd get our lunches together. If I saw him in Dearborn or Milford I'd flag him down, and we'd sit and talk. I'd hop in his GMC Envoy and just sit and talk about stuff. Even phone calls if I had some kind of issue in my life or something." Dunne started his spy photography work when he was with Popular Science, followed by Popular Mechanics. His photos have appeared in numerous publications and websites since. If you aren't completely up to speed with spy photography, know that it's photographers taking photos the manufacturers typically don't want taken. A lot of the time these photographers have to brave horrific conditions and endless hours of waiting just to get that one pivotal shot of the next Corvette, Mustang or whatever new vehicle it is they're hunting that day.  Dunne would expose new models and prototypes before the car companies wanted the public to see them. Why do the manufacturers want the cars kept secret? Because if folks see there's a newer and better model coming out, they may be less likely to go buy the car that's sitting on the dealer lot today. It's widely known that car companies jokingly hung up "Wanted" posters of Dunne in their offices, as they all knew he was out there waiting to photograph the next new model to roll out. His legacy lives on through the many spy photographers that follow in his footsteps. Those that were friends with him, loved him. It's clear that we'll forever be missing Jim Dunne.

Fear, And Loathing In Las Vegas Bassist Kei Passes Away From Heart Failure

Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas bassist Kei passes away from heart failure

It's been reported that Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas bassist Kei passed away on January 12 at his home due to acute heart failure. 

The band's official website announced that Kei's funeral was already held on January 15 at the will of his family. Due to his death, the release of their new album, their tour, and their event 'MEGA VEGAS' will be cancelled for the time being. While the band plans to continue their activities, they commented, "It would make us happy if you would watch over us warmly until the day we see everybody again." 

Actress Enami Kyoko Passes Away Due To Emphysema

Actress Enami Kyoko passes away due to emphysema

It's been reported that actress Enami Kyoko has passed away due to acute exacerbation of emphysema. She was 76 years old. 

On November 2, Alpha Agency announced, "Enami Kyoko passed away on October 27th (Saturday) at 9:06 pm. On the 26th (Friday), she complained of feeling ill (worsening of breathing problems) and was immediately hospitalized at 2:00 pm. However, she was unable to recover and took her last breath the following night on the 27th (Saturday)."

Tokai No.2 Nuclear Plant Passes Restart Screening

Tokai No.2 nuclear plant passes restart screening

The nuclear power plant located closest to Japan's capital, Tokyo, has passed government requirements needed for its restart.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority declared on Wednesday that the Tokai No.2 plant in Ibaraki Prefecture, north of Tokyo, confirms to the requirements introduced after the 2011 Fukushima accident.

Chibi Maruko-chan Artist Sakura Momoko Passes Away From Breast Cancer

Chibi Maruko-chan artist Sakura Momoko passes away from breast cancer

Manga artist Sakura Momoko, who is known for 'Chibi Maruko-chan,' passed away on August 15 due to breast cancer. She was 53 years old. 

In an announcement by Sakura Production on August 27, they reported, "On August 15, 2018 at 8:29 pm, Sakura Momoko passed away due to breast cancer. With sincere gratitude to all of the fans that gave her their warm support over the years, and to all of the persons involved, we would like to make this announcement here."

Actor Tsugawa Masahiko Passes Away Due To Heart Failure

Actor Tsugawa Masahiko passes away due to heart failure

It's been reported that actor Tsugawa Masahiko (real name Kato Masahiko) has passed away on August 4 due to heart failure. He was 78 years old. His funeral was already held with close family and friends, but a public memorial service is scheduled to be held in the coming days. 

Since making his acting debut in 1956's 'Kurutta Kajitsu,' Tsugawa has starred in numerous movies, dramas, and plays. He comes from family of talent - his grandfather is director Makino Shozo, father, actor Sawamura Kunitaro, mother, actress Makino Tomoko, and elder brother, actor Nagato Hiroyuki. In 1973, he married actress Asaoka Yukiji. 

Fantastics Member Nakao Shota Passes Away Due To Stomach Cancer

FANTASTICS member Nakao Shota passes away due to stomach cancer

LDH group FANTASTICS member Nakao Shota, who had been undergoing treatment since March for stomach cancer, has passed away on July 6. He was 22 years old. 

Nakao had been in poor health since late last year. After detailed examination, he was diagnosed with stomach cancer, which he revealed in March, "I was baffled as it was so sudden, but I am gradually accepting the reality and am determined to fight this illness," and promised his return, "I will definitely win! Please wait for me! Please continue to support me!

Softbank Cm Dog Kai-kun Passes Away

Softbank CM dog Kai-kun passes away

Hokkaido dog Kai-kun, known for his role as 'Otousan' in the Softbank CMs, passed away on June 28 due to old age. He was 16 years old. 

In an announcement titled, "To the first Otousan, Kaikun, with thanks," Softbank's official website stated, "On the dawn of June 28, 2018, Hokkaido dog Kai-kun, who had starred in our TV CMs as the first Otousan of the Shirato Family since 2007, has gone to heaven due to old age. He was 16 years old."

Tokyo Assembly Passes Anti-smoking Ordinance

Tokyo Assembly passes anti-smoking ordinance

The Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly has passed an ordinance that, in principle, bans indoor smoking in restaurants that hire employees, regardless of the size of the establishment.

The regulation strengthens measures against passive smoking and is stricter than a state bill now being deliberated in the Diet.

Lower House Passes Gambling-related Bill

Lower House passes gambling-related bill

Japan's Lower House has passed a bill paving the way for the opening of integrated resorts that include casinos. The bill has been sent to the Upper House for final Diet approval.

In debates in the plenary session on Tuesday, the main ruling Liberal Democratic Party said that the resorts will serve as a trigger for new growth and business.

Lower House Passes Work-style Reform Bill

Lower House passes work-style reform bill

Japan's Lower House has approved a bill on work-style reforms, a key priority for the government and the ruling parties.

A modified version of the bill was passed on Thursday with a majority vote of the ruling coalition and some opposition parties and was sent to the Upper House.

Singer Saijo Hideki Passes Away At 63

Singer Saijo Hideki passes away at 63

It's been reported that singer Saijo Hideki passed away on May 16 due to acute heart failure. He was 63 years old. 

Saijo continued his activities despite being paralyzed on the whole right side of his body after suffering a stroke in 2003 and 2011. He released an album commemorating his 60th birthday in 2015, then performed at 'FNS Kayosai' in 2016. Details regarding his vigil, funeral, and memorial service will be revealed later. 

Et-king's Itokin Passes Away

ET-KING's Itokin passes away

It's been reported that ET-KING's Itokin passed away on January 31 due to carcinomatous pericarditis. He was 38 years old. 

Last August, Itokin revealed that he had been suffering from lung cancer and halted his live activities. While undergoing treatment, he made an appearance at the finale of the group's nationwide tour on December 28 at Zepp Namba. His vigil will be held on February 3 and his funeral on February 4 at Yasuragi Tenkukan in Osaka.