| 3 March 2024, Sunday |

Pioneering Japanese woman photojournalist dies, aged 107

Tsuneko Sasamoto, considered Japan’s first female photojournalist, who swore by a glass of red wine every night as one of the secrets to good health, died on Monday at the age of 107, Japanese media reported.

She died of old age on August 15, according to the media, little over two weeks before her 108th birthday.

Sasamoto, who was born in Tokyo the year World War One began, aspired to be a painter but was discouraged by her father. She began working as a photographer after seeing a black-and-white film with a friend and joined the Photographic Association of Japan in 1940.

  • Reuters