It is my sad duty to let you know that Mr. Iwao Fujimoto has passed away last week. He was 97.
Mr. Fujimoto was until a few years ago the president of the Japanese Armour Society. He was an icon in the armour world.
He was always very, very kind to me over the 8-9 or so years that I have known him. He was very proud that he helped to organize the big armour exhibition in Belgium for Europalia '89, and when he gave a lecture always pointed to me, the local Belgian resident... Until a few months ago, he still attended all meetings. He was very knowledgeable.
During the wake this evening in Tokyo, the who is who in the Japanese armour world came together to pay their respect. His father figure will be missed.
Me, with Mr. Muneyuki Myôchin who passed away in 2011, and Mr. Fujimoto.