Voice acting agency Herringbone reported that actor Shinji Ogawa passed away on March 7, 2015 due to bronchiolitis obliterans organizing pneumonia. He was 74 years old at the time of his passing.
Ogawa’s many anime roles included Chief Fukushima in Patlabor: The Movie, Dr. Lychee in Dragon Ball Z: Plan to Destroy the Saiyajin, Genya in Giant Robo, Kagemitsu Hazama in Black Jack 21, Maestro Franz von Stresemann in Nodame Cantabile, General Douglas McArthur in Junod, Dr. Faker in Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, Koji Okamura in Makoto Shinkai’s “Dareka no Manazashi” short, Ryuu Kazama in Ping Pong, and Rayregalia Vers Rayvers in Aldnoah.Zero. He was replaced in the role of Gilbert F. Altstein in the upcoming Blood Blockade Battlefront anime by Banjou Ginga due to the his poor health.
Ogawa was also known for being a regular voice-over artist of Michael Douglas, Robert de Niro, and Timothy Dalton in the Japanese dubs of their movies. He also performed in television dramas and live-action films, and will appear in the movie Yuzuriha no Koro, which opens in Japan on May 23, 2015.