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Satoshi Kako, a scientist whose picture books delighted kids

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The so-called Shoden Gigoku (Showa Denko scandal) came to light in spring 1948, leading to the collapse of Prime Minister Hitoshi Ashida’s Cabinet.

Satoshi Nakajima, a graduate of the University of Tokyo’s faculty of engineering, was a rookie worker at Showa Denko KK. After wavering, he made up his mind to stay at the scandal-tainted chemical manufacturer.

“The president was arrested, and we were ‘paid’ in ‘tsukudani’ (a kind of condiment typically made of fish or laver simmered in soy sauce), instead of a regular salary,” he recalled.

Nakajima, better known as Satoshi Kako, the pen name he later used for writing children’s illustrated stories, died on May 2 at age 92.

He stayed put at........

© The Asahi Shimbun