May 23, 2011

JAPAN: Veteran actor Hiroyuki Nagato dies at 77

TOKYO / The Japan Times / News / Kyodo / May 23, 2011

Hiroyuki Nagato, a well-known actor in TV dramas and films, including those made by prizewinning director Shohei Imamura, died Saturday, his agency said. He was 77.

Hiroyuki Nagato

The Kyoto native rose to fame in the 1956 film "Taiyou no Kisetsu" ("The Season of the Sun"), the film version of the novel by Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara.

Nagato, whose real name was Akio Kato, married actress Yoko Minamida, who died in 2009 after a battle with dementia. His younger brother is actor Masahiko Tsugawa.

His care for Minamida was documented on TV and he actively spoke out on nursing care issues.

(C) The Japan Times