TOKUSHIMA -- The Tokushima Prefectural Government announced on June 18 that it will grant a distinguished service award to the late Ren Osugi, a popular actor of Tokushima descent who died in February at age 66.
Gov. Kamon Iizumi of the western Japan prefecture told the prefectural assembly that he would like to honor Osugi's commitment to "supporting the revitalization of Tokushima with a deep affection for his hometown."
Osugi, who slowly made his way to stardom over the years, was a highly acclaimed, versatile actor playing a wide variety of roles in movies and TV dramas. He appeared in a film featuring the Bando Prisoner-of-War Camp in Naruto, Tokushima Prefecture, which accommodated, between 1914 and 1920, about 1,000 German soldiers captured in Tsingtao, China, during World War I.
The actor was an ardent supporter of the local soccer team Tokushima Vortis in the J.League's second division.