Lyricist Toshio Oka dies at 92
Toshio Oka, an accomplished lyricist known for writing hits such as Kazuo Funaki’s “Koukou Sannensei,” died of renal failure at a Tokyo hospital early on Tuesday. He was 92.
Born as Yasukichi Nishiyama in the Fukushima prefecture in 1917, he began studying under the poet Yaso Saijo at the age of 18. In 1942, he became a reporter for the Mainichi Shimbun, and seven years later he started working as a lyricist for Nippon Columbia (which later became Columbia Music Entertainment).