Makoto Fujita

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Makoto Fujita
Born Makoto Harada
April 13, 1933
Ikebukuro, Toshima, Tokyo City, Tokyo Prefecture (now Tokyo),  Japan
Died February 17, 2010(2010-02-17) (aged 76)
Suita, Osaka,  Japan
Cause of death
Aortic aneurysm
Occupation Actor, singer, comedian
Years active 1950–2010

Makoto Fujita (藤田まこと Fujita Makoto?), born Makoto Harada (April 13, 1933 – February 17, 2010), was a Japanese actor. He was born in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, the son of silent-film actor Rintarō Fujima, and started his career as a comedian in 1952.

Acting Roles[edit]

Fujita appeared in both jidaigeki and contemporary roles. He starred as Nakamura Mondo, a samurai, in sixteen Hissatsu ("Kill") series on Asahi Broadcasting Corporation from 1973. He also portrayed Nakamura on stage and in film; for example, the 1984 film Hissatsu: Sure Death. Fujita's last appearance was in 2009,[1] although in January 2010 he had returned to the Hissatsu series as a narrator.[2]

He also starred in the contemporary detective drama series Hagure Keiji Junjōha ("Rogue but Pure-Minded Detective"), also on the Asahi network.

Returning to jidaigeki he played the lead role in the remake of Kenkaku Shōbai with Megumi Ōji. He also took the role of Sen no Rikyū and in 2008 Tokugawa Mitsukuni.

Makoto's film credits number at least 57 [1] and he also starred in a number of TV commercials.[2]

Singing and writing[edit]

Makoto's talents extended beyond acting. He also sang, and released nine recordings, including a duet with Azusa Mano, and with The Peanuts twins. He also published several essays, the last of which was Saigo (2006).

Pacifism[edit]

A committed pacifist, Fujita always carried a letter from his elder brother, who died in the Battle of Okinawa during World War II. It took him over 60 years, Fujita revealed, before he could finally visit Okinawa, where he threw rice balls into the ocean as an offering to the war victims.[1]

In order to convey his antiwar message, Fujita devoted all his energy into the 2007 movie Best Wishes for Tomorrow (Ashita he no Yuigon), in which he portrayed a class-B war criminal sentenced to death following Japan's surrender.[1]

Death[edit]

On February 16, 2010 at approximately 9:00 P.M. in his home in Minoh, Osaka, Fujita suddenly vomited blood and was transported to the Osaka University Hospital in Suita. The following day at 7:25 A.M., Fujita suffered an aortic aneurysm, resulting in his death. He was 76 years old.[3]

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References[edit]

Makoto Fujita (藤田 真琴 Fujita Makoto?) (written differently) is a female character in the Lovely Idol franchise.