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Mainichi special senior writer and TV news commentator Shigetada Kishii dead at 73

Shigetada Kishii (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- Shigetada Kishii, a Special Senior Writer and editorial board member of Mainichi Newspapers Co., passed away at home on May 15 of lung cancer. He was 73.

Kishii had a reputation for easy-to-understand explanations and incisive news commentary.

Born in Tokyo, Kishii graduated from the Faculty of Law at Keio University and started his career as a journalist at the Mainichi Shimbun in 1967. He held posts as a staff writer at the North America General Bureau in Washington DC, managing editor of the Political News Department, Chief Editorial Writer, and Executive Editor among others.

He appeared as a news commentator on multiple television and radio programs, such as Tokyo Broadcasting System Television Inc. (TBS)'s "Sunday Morning." Kishii also anchored the evening news program "NEWS23" on TBS from 2013 to 2016, analyzing the news and covering each topic in-depth.

In 2014, Kishii received the Hashida Award for excellence in TV programing as a news program commentator. He signed an exclusive contract with TBS in 2016 as a "special commentator," appearing in a wide range of news and news-related broadcasts.

Kishi was also an author, penning the works "Daitenkan Gakai e no Scenario" (The great transformation: a scenario leading to collapse) and "Giin no Hinkaku" (Legislators' dignity). He coauthored works including "Seihen" (Political change) and "Seijika to Kane" (Politicians and money).

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