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Kodansha President Passes Away

Sawako Noma was known for her role as Executive President and publisher of the Shonen Jump magazine.


Kodansha, the largest publishing company in Japan, is suffering a loss. Sawako Noma, 24 year executive President of the company responsible for publishing numerous manga titles and Shonen Jump magazine issues, passed away today (Wed. March 30) due to heart failure at the age of 67. 
 
Noma, fourth generation daughter of the original Kodansha founder, Seiji Noma, also served as executive producer of the Akira anime adaptation. Her son, Yoshi Nobu, vice president, was scheduled to take over the company as president next month. Now he will take on the job title as the fifth generation of this family lineage, just in time to close the company's English-language publishing branch, Kodonsha International, this April. 
 
Our thoughts go to Sawako Noma's friends, family and company. 
 
-- Geo (sora_thekey) 24/7 geek! -- Follow me on Twitter: @sora_thekey
isaac_clarkeon March 30, 2011 at 2:37 p.m.

Thats sad to hear.
metalsnakezeroon March 30, 2011 at 3:04 p.m.
Hate to hear news like this.
sora_thekey moderator on March 30, 2011 at 3:26 p.m.
@metalsnakezero said:
" Hate to hear news like this. "
Hate writing news like this
sotyfan16on March 30, 2011 at 4:03 p.m.
Damn. I had no idea the company was run by a family, so that's really cool. Too bad about Kodansha International, too.
sora_thekey moderator on March 30, 2011 at 4:24 p.m.
@sotyfan16 said:
" Too bad about Kodansha International, too. "
Oh yeah, while I was writing this I looked into the company a bit and found out about Kodansha International. Which is too bad!
AgentJon March 30, 2011 at 4:40 p.m.
RIP... I wonder if her condition was exacerbated by the stress of the recent disaster. I imagine such things will be more commonplace there for some time...
Halberdierv2on March 30, 2011 at 6:40 p.m.
RIP..
ShadowKnight508 moderator on March 30, 2011 at 7:11 p.m.
Such a shame to see...may she find peace in the next life and allow her family to find the strength to cope with this sad loss.
Bigheart711on March 31, 2011 at 2:17 p.m.
Just found this out yesterday morning and I'm still sad about this. May she Rest In Peace. :(
Ryokanon March 31, 2011 at 9:30 p.m.

R.I.P.
e887xon April 2, 2011 at 9:35 a.m.

sad...

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