Yasuki Hamano, an anime and media expert who was also a professor at Tokyo University of Technology and a University of Tokyo emeritus professor, passed away on January 3, 2014 due to a stroke. He was 62 years old at the time of his passing.

Hamano served on the managing committee for the Japan Media Arts Festival run by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs. In addition, he was a member of the International Manga Awards’ executive committee. He also wrote two books: Media Era: The Creators of American Legends and Imitated Japan: From Films and Anime to Cooking and Fashion.

Hamano also received a “Special Thanks” credit in Makoto Shinkai’s The Place Promised in Our Early Days anime film.

Source: ANN