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Famed Japan scholar Donald Keene dies at 96

The Japanese government awarded Donald Keene the Order of Culture in 2008 for his work.(Photo by Takuya Imai)

TOKYO(Kyodo) --Donald Keene, a U.S.-born scholar of Japanese literature who naturalized as a gesture of solidarity with Japan after the 2011 nuclear disaster, died of heart failure at a hospital in Tokyo on Sunday, his lawyer said. He was 96.

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