Statement from Ambassador Roos on the Passing of Donald Richie

Feb. 21, 2013

I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Donald Richie.

For many decades, Mr. Richie helped citizens on both sides of the Pacific deepen their understanding of – and appreciation for – each other. He will long be remembered for introducing Japanese cinema to generations of Americans, but he will also be remembered for his genuine affection for the people of Japan, dating back to his first visit to this country in 1947. He was an inspirational example of the bonds of friendship between our two countries, and his contributions as a prolific author, filmmaker, and cultural ambassador will be sorely missed.

Mr. Richie's legacy lives on in the rich cultural relationship, and deep affection, between the United States and Japan.

My deepest sympathies go out to Mr. Richie’s loved ones during this difficult time.