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Published Oct. 6, 2005

THOMAS BLAKEMORE, 78, an American lawyer whose groundbreaking practice in Japan helped forge ties between U.S. and Japanese businesses, died Feb. 19 in Seattle. Mr. Blakemore was the first non-Japanese person to pass the Japanese bar exam and one of the few foreign lawyers allowed to practice with full courtroom status. He founded the law firm of Blakemore & Mitsuki and practiced in Tokyo from 1950 until his retirement in 1988.