Genichi Kawakami, 90, a former president of Yamaha...

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May 29, 2002

Genichi Kawakami,

90, a former president of Yamaha Corp. who was nicknamed the "Emperor" after he built his father's company into a major manufacturer of musical instruments, electronic goods and motorcycles, died Saturday in Tokyo.

Mr. Kawakami aggressively expanded Yamaha's operations to become the world's largest piano maker. He also led the company into new fields, and in 1955 set up Yamaha Motor Co., now a major motorcycle manufacturer.

The Rev. R.N. Gooden

74, a longtime civil rights activist and president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Florida, died in Tallahassee, Fla., on Sunday of prostate cancer. He had been the pastor at St. Mary Primitive Baptist Church in Tallahassee since 1961.

Mr. Gooden came to the capital city at the height of the civil rights movement. He led numerous marches and successfully filed several anti-discrimination lawsuits. He also organized annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities in Tallahassee.

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