Riki Hashimoto in November 2015. Photo by Brett Homenick.
Former professional baseball player and Daimajin suit actor (in all the Daiei movies from 1966) passed away at the age of 83 on October 11 of lung cancer, just days short of his 84th birthday on October 20.
Internationally, Hashimoto-san would be best known for going toe-to-toe with Bruce Lee in The Chinese Connection (1972).
I was fortunate enough to meet Hashimoto-san several times since the spring of 2015. He was a kind gentleman with a warm sense of humor. Rest in peace, Hashimoto-san.
UPDATE (10/19): The news media in Japan has picked up the story,