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Henry Scott Stokes Dies at 83; Opened Japan to English Speakers

A biographer of the nationalist novelist Yukio Mishima, he was Tokyo bureau chief for three major newspapers and, afterward, was no stranger to controversy.

Henry Scott Stokes, a tweedy British-born journalist who demystified Japan for English-speaking readers as Tokyo bureau chief for three major newspapers and as the author of a comprehensive book that evoked its venerable samurai values and right-wing nationalist elements, died on April 17 in a Tokyo hospital. He was 83.

The cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease, his son, Harry Sugiyama Scott-Stokes, said.

In 1964, Mr. Scott Stokes, three years out of college, moved from London to Japan to open the Tokyo bureau of the Financial Times, which he headed until 1967. He was bureau chief for The Times of London from 1968 to 1970 and for The New York Times from 1978 to 1983.

After leaving daily journalism, he courted controversy with comments seemingly sympathetic to the views of

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