Noboru Takeshita, 76. a scandal-tainted former Japanese...


Noboru Takeshita, 76. a scandal-tainted former Japanese prime minister who was a mentor for a generation of Japanese leaders as a behind-the-scenes "shadow shogun," died Monday at a Tokyo hospital after a long illness.

Mr. Takeshita was driven from the premiership by scandal, but his power only increased. At the height of his influence, he could anoint leaders and banish them as a master of the consensus-building at the center of Japanese politics.

Mr. Takeshita headed the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's largest faction in Parliament until turning over the position to Keizo Obuchi in the mid-1990s. The party has ruled almost without a break since 1955.

Mr. Obuchi later became prime minister. When he suffered a fatal stroke in April, his successor was Yoshiro Mori.

Mr. Takeshita was forced from office in 1989 after admitting to accepting illicit stock and cash donations from the marketing firm Recruit Co. He was never charged. A top aide committed suicide that year, prompting speculation in the Japanese media that he may have chosen death over disclosure of his boss' wrongdoing.

Burgher "Buddy" Jones, 76, a jazz bassist who played in big bands behind Peggy Lee and Frank Sinatra and toured with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, died June 9 in Carmel Valley, Calif., of pancreatic cancer.

A native of Hope, Ark., Mr. Jones was a childhood friend of the late Virginia Kelley, mother of President Clinton. At 17, he went to the University of Kansas City, where he met and befriended saxophonist Charlie Parker. Mr. Jones later introduced Mr. Parker to Parker's eventual wife, Chan.

Mr. Jones played in the Elliot Lawrence band, when its arrangers included Al Cohn, Tiny Kahn and Johnny Mandel. As a staff musician for CBS in New York in the 1950s and 1960s, Mr. Jones played for the Jack Sterling radio show and in bands behind Ms. Lee and Mr. Sinatra.

Mr. Jones worked as a consultant with Lenny Niehaus and Clint Eastwood on the motion picture "Bird," a biography of Mr. Parker.

In 1996, he was inducted into the Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame.

Nathan Saatch 92, an exiled Iraqi Jew who re-established himself in Britain, and whose sons founded an international advertising agency, died May 31 in London.

Mr. Saatchi left his prosperous textile business in Baghdad in 1946 because of increasing harassment of Iraq's Jewish minority. He moved to Britain, where he bought two cotton and wool mills in the north of England. He later switched to imports and exports, using old Middle East contacts to open up new business.

Two of his four sons, Maurice and Charles, established Saatchi & Saatchi. By 1981 the ad agency was the largest in Europe, and by 1986 it was a world leader.

Elinor Hirschfield Nathan, 89, a Broadway and radio actress who supplied the voice of Amos' wife Ruby for two decades on "Amos 'n' Andy," died Saturday in Los Angeles.

Ms. Nathan's stage name was Elinor Harriot. In 1933, she had three daily shows of her own, "Backstage Wife," "Bachelor's Children" and "The Couple Next Door," and performed on others.

On Christmas night 1935, she signed on with "Amos 'n' Andy," the hit radio program that became controversial for its portrayal of black characters. Besides Ruby, Ms. Nathan at times voiced other girls and women on the show.

Jacques Orenstein, 81, a restaurant owner and chef who had a weekly cooking segment on the once-popular "Dannysday" program, died Saturday in Oklahoma City.

His segment, "Cooking With Jacques," was broadcast by WKY-TV, which is now KFOR-TV, on the "Dannysday" program from 1962 to 1971. He began his career in 1961 as owner of Jacques' Internationale. The restaurant, which closed in 1971, was one of the first gourmet restaurants in the city.

Mr. Orenstein also owned Jacques' Sign of the Ram and The French Revolution restaurants, both of which closed in the 1970s.

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