Yukiko Takayama death: Japanese screenwriter dies of natural causes aged 78

Yukiko Takayama
Japanese screenwriter, Yukiko Takayama has passed away


Yukiko Takayama, the famous female screenwriter who was known for her work in Godzilla movie (”TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA ”), has passed away at the age of 83. Let’s see what happened to Yukiko Takayama and her cause of death in detail.

How did Yukiko Takayama die?

Yukiko, a famous Japanese screenwriter who was known for her Terror of Mechagodzilla, Hissatsu Shigotonin, Monarch: The Big Bear of Tallac, and Genji Monogatari: Sennen no Nazo, has passed away.

This sad news was announced by Diego Raymundo in the following social media statement, 

“We regret to announce the passing of Yukiko Takayama, the screenwriter of the film Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975) and author of the novel 2075: Meister Titano’s Counterattack (2016) a sequel novel to the 1975 film. Yukiko was the only woman to write a film of Godzilla in the almost 70 years of the franchise. RIP”

Who was Yukiko Takayama?

Yukiko was a well-known screenwriter and film director from Japan. Tokyo-born Yukiko Takayama was born in 1940. She was the daughter of Nihonga painter Tatsuo Takayama.

She attended the Scenario Centre, a vocational school for screenwriters while working as a housewife after earning her degree in letters from Keio University.

After winning Ishir Honda’s Godzilla script competition for students at screenwriting schools, Takayama made her debut as a screenwriter in 1975 with Terror of Mechagodzilla, the fifteenth installment in the Godzilla saga.

Yukiko was the first female main staff member of the franchise. She later contributed to the screenplay for the 1977 animated film Monarch: The Big Bear of Tallac.

She contributed writing to the 30th season of the Hissatsu television series, Hissatsu Shigotonin (1979–1981), as well.

Additonally, she worked on many movies such as “Tsukiyama”, “Tono Monogatari”, “Mayuki Kuraba”, and TV dramas such as the period drama “Hissatsu Series”.

She is also the director of movies such as “Musume Dojoji: Love of Hebien”. She also wrote novels, and “The Tale of Genji, a Thousand-Year Mystery” was made into a movie. 

Yukiko Takayama cause of death:

Yukiko Takayama, the screenwriter of the 1975 film Terror of Mechagodzilla, passed suddenly on June 2 at 11:16 a.m. in her home in Tokyo due to natural causes. She was 83 years old. Yukiko Takayama cause of death was natural.

Her oldest son Naoki announced that her funeral will be held on June 12, at 11:00 a.m. at Koyasan Tokyo Betsuin on 3-15-18 in Takanawa, Minato-ku. 

Tributes flooded social media after her sudden demise news broke out.

Tributes to Yukiko Takayama:

Godzilla Novelization Project tweeted,

News has broken that trailblazing screenwriter/author Yukiko Takayama – who became the Godzilla series’ first (and thus far only) woman writer in 1975 when she penned TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA – has passed away. She was 83 years old. Farewell, Takayama-san. And thank you.

FAN Magazine Fan Page posted,

This is sad news to the Kaiju/Tokusatu community. Screenwriter Yukiko Takayama, best known for TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA aka MECHAGODZILLA’S COUNTERATTACK, has recently passed away. Her incredible contribution to the Godzilla fandom will live on in the hearts of many GFans. R.I.P.

Danny Coffin posted,

Another creative talent from Toho’s Showa-era Godzilla films is gone. Yukiko , the first woman to write a script for a Godzilla film ( ” TERROR OF MECHAGODZILLA ” ) has passed away at age 83 . Rest In Peace, Takayama-san .

Tim Bean posted,

The screen writer of Terror of Mechagodzilla, Yukiko has passed on at age 83 from old age. Rest in peace. Our thoughts are with her family.

Luis Raul Salazar Albarracin posted,

Transcends on Social Media the news that pioneering screenwriter/author Yukiko Takayama, who became the first (and so far only) female writer of the Godzilla series in 1975 when she wrote “Terror Of Mechagodzilla”, passed away. He was 83 years old. Goodbye, Takayama-san. And thank you.


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