Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Actor Tsunehiko Watase died of multiple organ failure at a hospital in Tokyo on Tuesday. He was 72.
After making his screen debut in 1970, Watase appeared in a number of films of major movie distributor Toei Co., including “Jingi Naki Tatakai” (Battles without Honor and Humanity), a blockbuster Japanese yakuza movie series.
He starred in such drama series as “Keishicho Sosa Ikka 9 Gakari,” in which he played the role of an avuncular section chief at Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department.
Tetsuya Watari, also an actor, is Watase’s elder brother.