Ultra-universe regular, ATG legend, and Rampo enthusiast Akio Jissoji dead at age 69.
He did some great work on Ultraman, Ultra Q, and Silver Kamen, directed the best non-Teruo Ishii Rampo adaptations (several in fact), was a major player in the the Art Theater Guild, and would probably have a bigger following amongst Japanse film fans if anyone (other than Kojiro Abe, of course) knew who the hell he was.
Here's an NHK news report on his death, which features him in his office writing while surrounded by props and toys. At age 69. I hope I'm that lucky.