Japanese blogger dies of cancer at 34


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A former Japanese newsreader who won legions of admirers after deciding to publicly chronicle her battle with cancer has died of the disease.

Mao Kobayashi, who was named one of the BBC’s 100 Women in 2016, died late on Thursday at home in Tokyo, aged 34.

Her husband, famous kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo, said in his own blog it was “the day I cried most in my life”.

Ms Kobayashi’s blog was ground-breaking in a country where people do not like to discuss personal issues.


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