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Sam Jameson, longtime Tokyo bureau chief for The Times, dies at 76

April 19, 2013|By Rebecca Trounson

Sam Jameson, a former longtime Los Angeles Times foreign correspondent with deep knowledge and close personal affinity for Japan, his professional and personal base for half a century, died Friday at a Tokyo hospital. He was 76.

Jameson died of a stroke, according to an announcement by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, of which he was a former president. He had been hospitalized since March 24.

Sent to Japan by the Army in 1960 after he was drafted, Jameson, who became fluent in Japanese and an expert on Japanese politics and economics, worked first for Pacific Stars and Stripes, the U.S. military newspaper. He stayed on with the Chicago Tribune and in 1971, joined the Times, serving as the paper’s Tokyo bureau chief until 1996.

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