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Yoshitomo Tokugawa, great-grandson of last shogun, dies at 67

Yoshitomo Tokugawa (Mainichi)

MITO, Japan (Kyodo) -- Yoshitomo Tokugawa, a photographer and great-grandson of the last shogun of Japan, died of a heart attack on Monday, people close to him said Wednesday. He was 67.

    Tokugawa, a native of Shizuoka Prefecture and resident of Hitachinaka in Ibaraki Prefecture, was also known as a coffee enthusiast who roasted coffee beans and sold "Tokugawa Shougun Coffee" together with a local coffee company. He died at a hospital in Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture.

    His great-grand father, Yoshinobu, was the 15th and last Tokugawa shogun who ceded his political power to the emperor and ended the Edo Era from the 17th to 19th centuries.

    Yoshinobu had been the focus of attention in recent times as this year marks the 150th anniversary of "Taisei Hokan," or the restoration of political authority to the emperor.


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