Kiyoshi Kodama

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Kiyoshi Kodama
Native name
児玉 清
Kiyoshi Kodama (小玉 清)

(1934-01-01)1 January 1934
Died16 May 2011(2011-05-16) (aged 77)
Cause of deathCancer
Other namesKiyoshi Kitagawa (北川 清, real name)
OccupationTV personality, actor
Years active1960–2011
Notable work
The Bad Sleep Well
Eternity of Love
Hana wa Hanayome
Panel Quiz Attack 25
Shiroi Kyotō
Spouse(s)Machiko Kitagawa (1964–2011)
ChildrenDaisuke Kitagawa

Kiyoshi Kodama (児玉 清, Kodama Kiyoshi, real name: Kiyoshi Kitagawa (北川 清), born as Kiyoshi Kodama (小玉 清), 1 January 1934 – 16 May 2011) was a Japanese TV personality and actor.[1] He hosted the Asahi Broadcasting Corporation quiz show Panel Quiz Attack 25 continuously for thirty-six years from its start in April 1975 until he was forced to step down due to poor health at the end of March 2011.[2] His signature catchphrase on the show is "Attack Chance!"

An avid reader, Kodama hosted a TV book review show. He also published his own books. He was a voice actor for the voice of Robert Stephenson in the Japanese version of the 2004 animated movie Steamboy.[3]

Kodama died of stomach cancer at a hospital in Chuo, Tokyo on 16 May 2011.[4]



  • The Hidden Fortress (隠し砦の三悪人) (1950, Toho)
  • The Bad Sleep Well (悪い奴ほどよく眠る) (1960, Toho)
  • Salaryman Chushingura (サラリーマン忠臣蔵) (1960, Toho)
  • Eternity of Love (別れて生きるときも) (1961, Toho)
  • Salaryman Chushingura 2 (続・サラリーマン忠臣蔵) (1961, Toho)
  • The Longest Day of Japan (日本のいちばん長い日) (1967, Toho)
  • Steamboy (スチームボーイ) (2005, Toho)
  • Hero (2007, Toho)


  • Taiga Drama Ōgon no Hibi (黄金の日日) (1978, NHK), Tokugawa Ieyasu
  • Arigato (ありがとう, "Thank you") (1970–1974, TBS)
  • Hana wa Hanayome (花は花よめ, "Flower to Flower Bride") (1971–1975, NTV)
  • Shiroi Kyotō (白い巨塔) (1978, Fuji TV)
  • Taiga Drama Takeda Shingen (1988, NHK), Obu Toramasa
  • Hero (2001, Fuji TV)
  • Hero Special (HERO特別編) (2006, Fuji TV)
  • Shikaotoko Aoniyoshi (鹿男あをによし) (2008, Fuji TV)
  • Code Blue (コード・ブルー -ドクターヘリ救急救命-) (2007, 2008, 2010, Fuji TV)
  • Taiga Drama Ryomaden (龍馬伝) (2010, NHK)

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After his death[edit]

Asahi Broadcasting Corporation broadcast the special nationwide programme of "Attack 25" on the 22nd day of May 2011 to mourn his death. In the programme, two ABC presenters Yasuyuki Urakawa and Akiko Kato told viewers all over Japan about Kiyoshi Kodama and the 36-year history of "Attack 25", showing famous scenes in "Attack 25" including his signature Attack Chance catchphrase, treasured pictures of him which only ABC owns, and comments of memories from special guests.[5] Urakawa who substituted for Kodama since April 2011 continues to host Attack 25.[6]


  1. ^ 児玉清さんが死去 俳優、「アタック25」司会 77歳、胃がんで [Kiyoshi Kodama Dies of Cancer at 77 - Actor and "Attack 25" Presenter] (in Japanese). Japan: The Sankei Shimbun & Sankei Digital. 17 May 2011. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  2. ^ パネルクイズ アタック25 児玉清さん逝去に伴うお知らせ [An announcement of Kiyoshi Kodama's death]. Panel Quiz Attack 25 website (in Japanese). Japan: Asahi Broadcasting Corporation. 17 May 2011. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  3. ^ ""Steamboy" voice actor Kiyoshi Kodama dies at 77". The Big Cartoon DataBase. 19 May 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Kiyoshi Kodama Official Website" (in Japanese). Japan: Office Kodama. 17 May 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2011.
  5. ^ さようなら 児玉清さん~パネルクイズ アタック25特別番組~ (in Japanese). Japan: Asahi Broadcasting Corporation. 20 May 2011. Archived from the original on 23 May 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  6. ^ 【児玉清さん死去】朝日放送「アタック25」は浦川アナが後継へ [(Kiyoshi Kodama's death) ABC announcer Yasuyuki Urakawa to host Attack 25] (in Japanese). Japan: The Sankei Shimbun & Sankei Digital. 17 May 2011. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011.

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