Edgars Katajs, who did much to bridge Latvian culture with that of China and Japan, has died at the age of 96, LTV reported April 8.
He was a translator and long-time Japanese teacher at the University of Latvia.
Among his works are translations of Yasunari Kawabata, Lu Xun, Jun'ichirō Tanizaki, and more. He has published memoirs of his studies in China as well as monographs on Chinese and Japanese culture. In addition, he was an invaluable interpreter for visiting Japanese delegations.
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