Chanson pioneer Yoshiko Ishii dies at 87
Chanson singer Yoshiko Ishii passed away on the morning of July 17 at Tokyo hospital. The cause of death was liver failure. Ishii was 87 years old.
The singer is the daughter of the late Mitsujiro Ishii, who served as the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan. Yoshiko graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts (known as the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music at the time), and she made her debut during the early postwar period as a jazz singer. She studied overseas and began singing chanson songs while in France. After returning home, she helped lead a chanson boom in Japan, particularly through efforts such as producing a chanson festival since 1963.