Kashiko Kawakita

Kashiko Kawakita, 85, vice president of Towa Film Corp., died July 27 after a long illness.

Her long career began in 1929 when she entered the fledgling Towa Film Corp. as a secretary.

She married president and founder Nagamesa Kawakita later that year.

Kawakita is renowned for her work importing and distributing European films in Japan, as well as making available Japanese films abroad.

In 1952, she became VP of Towa Film Corp., whose distribution arm merged to become Toho-Towa, Japan’s premier importer and distributor of foreign films.

Kawakita also served on numerous international film festival juries but, since 1960 her primary focus was the Japan Film Library Council, renamed the Kawakita Memorial Film Institute after her husband’s death in 1981. She had been president of the foundation since 1982.

Survived by a sister.

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