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Ezra Vogel, top American scholar on Asia, dies at 90

Harvard professor authored 'Japan as Number One' and 'Deng Xiaoping'

Ezra Vogel's latest work, “China and Japan: Facing History,” attempted to tackle the roots of the complicated bilateral relationship through revisiting over 1,000 years of history. (Photo by Maho Obata)

HONG KONG -- Ezra Vogel, a top American scholar on Asian affairs, has died at the age of 90, according to a statement from the Fairbank Center of Chinese Studies at Harvard University on Sunday.

Vogel, a professor emeritus at Harvard, was one of the most influential academic voices on modern Japan and China in recent decades. His son, Steven Vogel, a political-science professor at the University of California, Berkeley, said in a tweet that the death was the result of complications after surgery. He added that his father was "completely healthy a week ago."

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