Mamoru Murakami, chairman of leading Japanese music publisher Nichion, died of cardiac failure in Tokyo on June 5. He was 69.

Mamoru Murakami, chairman of leading Japanese music publisher Nichion, died of cardiac failure in Tokyo on June 5. He was 69.

Murakami, considered one of the pioneers of the modern Japanese music publishing business, joined Nichion in 1963 and was president of the company from 1983 until he became chairman in 2001.

A private funeral was held in Tokyo on June 8. A public memorial ceremony is expected to be held in due course.

Nichion is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Tokyo Broadcasting System TV network and is the Japanese sub-publisher for Warner/Chappel, Peermusic and Famous Music.