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Masataka Ota, ex-councilman from São Paulo and father of Ives Ota, dies at 63 – Prime Time Zone

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Former councilor of the PSB was fighting cancer at an advanced stage and was admitted to the Hospital Sírio Libanês; he gained national recognition after the murder of his eight-year-old son

Daniel Teixeira / Estadão Content / 10/20/2012Masataka was a São Paulo councilor for two terms

Fighting cancer since 2020, the former councilor from the city of São Paulo, Masataka Ota, 63, died on Wednesday, 24, in the capital of São Paulo. Ota, who was a businessman and gained national recognition after the death of his son during a kidnapping in the city in 1997, was admitted to the Syrian Lebanese hospital and had an advanced stage of the disease. Through social media, politicians offered condolences for the death of the ex-councilman and his wife, federal deputy Keiko Ota. “I extend my affectionate embrace to all his family and to his voters, whom he has tried so well to represent. Every strength, ”said deputy Eduardo Suplicy (PT). Former governor Márcio França (PSB), from the same party as the former councilor, also published public condolences. “He will finally embrace his beloved son, Ives Ota,” he said.

Ota arrived from Japan to Brazil in the 1950s at the age of just one year and had three children: Vanessa, Ives and Ises. In 1997, he lost his son Ives, 8, brutally murdered after a kidnapping in the east side of the capital. The boy’s body was found buried in the home of one of those responsible for the crime at the time he was preparing to receive the ransom. After that, alongside his wife, Ota created the NGO Movimento Paz e Justiça Ives Ota, in search of justice for victims of violence. He was elected councilor in 2012 and 2016, serving two terms and setting guidelines for tougher laws for heinous crimes and for the quality of children’s education.

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