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Ken Shimura's death leaves Japanese of all generations mourning

Beloved TV personality enamored people with unique movements and expressions

Ken Shimura, pictured in March 2006, stuck to focusing on the art of performing comedy skits and endured as a star. (Photo by Yukinobu Kurosaka)

TOKYO -- Comedian Ken Shimura, who died on March 29 of pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus, was one of the most recognizable faces on Japanese TV and had been a fixture since the 1970s, always active on the front line of the business.

In Japan, many TV entertainers diversify their repertoires of performances into areas like emceeing and commentating. Shimura stuck to the art of performing comedy skits and endured as a star.

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