Japanese songwriter MIYUKI ISHIMOTO has died from heart failure in Yokohama. He was 85.
Ishimoto is credited with writing the lyrics for more than 4,000 songs during a career spanning six decades - after landing his first big hit in 1948 with Akogare no Hawaii Koro, which was recorded by Haruo Oka.
He went on to form a lengthy collaboration with Japanese music legend Hibari Misora.
In the latter years of his career, Ishimoto became active in a number of industry organisations, including the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (or JASRAC), of which he was chairman from 1989 to 1994.
Ishimoto had battled diabetes for 10 years prior to his death last week (27May09).