Yoko Shimada, a Golden Globe Award-winning Japanese actress, has died at the age of 69.


She had been admitted to a hospital in Tokyo with colon cancer and was suffering from multiple organ failure when she passed away on Monday, July 25 2022. Her death was reported in Japanese media.

Shimada, a native of the Kumamoto Prefecture in southwestern Japan, rose to fame for her performance as the heroine in the 1971 sequel to the Japanese television series “Hyoten” (Freezing Point), which was based on the best-selling novel of the same name. Shimada’s home prefecture is in the southwestern region of Japan.

Beginning in the early 1970s, Shimada embarked on a career as an actor, appearing in a variety of television programmes, such as Kamen Rider, Karei-naru Ichizoku, and Shiroi Kyoto. The actress was recognised for her outstanding performance as Mariko Toda in the television miniseries 1980, which aired in 1980 and garnered her both a Golden Globe Award and a nomination for an Emmy Award.

Shimada was given her first part on television in the drama Osanazuma, which aired in 1970. Shimada was born in 1953 on the island of Kyushu, in the city of Kumamoto.

Her most recent appearances in public were on a radio show in Tokyo in November of the previous year and at the Kadokawa Film Festival in December of the same year. During that occasion, she took part in a lecture session in which she discussed the 4K digitally restored version of her groundbreaking film The Inugami Family (1976). In the movie, she is in her early twenties when she first appears.


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