Money-making ‘god’ Kyu passes away in Japan at 83


TOKYO–Taiwan-born economic commentator Kyu Eikan (邱永漢) has died of heart failure at the age of 88, Japanese media reported yesterday.

The Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun reported that only close relatives attended the funeral of the economic guru, who died two days earlier. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

The report noted that Kyu, who was born in Taiwan in 1924 to a Taiwanese father and a Japanese mother, took part in the Taiwan independence movement after graduating from Tokyo University and later fled to Hong Kong.

He moved to Japan in 1954 with the ambition of becoming a writer. He used his experience in Hong Kong as the basis for a novel of the same name, which later won Japan’s prestigious Naoki Prize, a literary award that honors writers biennially. He obtained Japanese citizenship in 1980.

Kyu, whose business acumen in investment earned him the title of “the god of making money,” wrote more than 450 works.