It's been reported that music producer Watanabe Zentaro passed away on July 22. He was 57 years old.
Hailing from Okayama Prefecture, Watanabe was a part of the bands Shijin no Chi and oh! penelope before shifting to full-time music producing in the late 1990's. He's produced numerous hit songs such as Chara's "Yasashii Kimochi" and hitomi's "LOVE 2000," and has also worked with artists such as Sakamoto Maaya and Suzuki Emiko.
Reportedly, Watanabe had been under medical care for some time. His funeral has already been held with family, and there are no plans for a memorial service.
Our condolences go out to his loved ones during this difficult time.