Did He Commit Suicide Because Of The Failure Of Hair Transplant?

There is a Japanese actor name Jiro Tamiya, who was a very early Japanese actor. He performed the movie “White Tower” in 1966, playing the leading role of Goro Zaizen. In 1978, he starred in the Japanese TV drama series and his superb acting skills even appreciated by the original works. But before the end of the Japanese TV series broadcast, he shot himself! He was only 43 years old. This incident not only shocked the entertainment industry in Japan at that time but also left an unsolved mystery – how did this suicide act as a celebrity with a superb acting and unlimited future?


Although decades have passed, people have gradually forgotten about this matter, but his son recently revealed that his father’s suicide was linked to a failure of hair transplant.

Jiro Tamiya’s eldest son, Kotaro Shibata disclosed that in those days his father was defaulted by the seniors and carried heavy debts. Coupled with he was middle-aged and with sparse hair. He went to the United Kingdom for hair transplant, but the surgery failed, and with migraine sequelae, which made him deliriously miserable. Personal affairs with poor health made him lost control to suicide.

Regrettable to hear that!


Jiro Tamiya died in 1978 and has been 39 years now. The news of the failure of hair transplant was uttered from the eldest son. The credibility is high, and after all these years, there is really no need for speculation. It is an unfortunate fact that the suicide of a good actor is indeed related to the failure of a hair transplant. Even if it is not the most important reason, is also indirectly an important factor.


So from the perspective of hair-transplant technology, why did the UK transplant fail? How did a failure lead to a suicide?

First of all, we should pay attention to the time, Mr. Tamiya died in 1978, so the time for hair transplant certainly in the 70’s. This is a very old age, not only without FUE (Follicle Unit Extraction), even the FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) technology. It was a truly nascent age of hair transplant technology. It is likely that there were not many doctors and institutions related to hair transplant in Asia. Only a few countries in Europe and the United States were carrying out such programs.

Neither FUE nor FUT, what is the technology? At that time, the mainstream hair transplant technique used the punch to extract the bald resistant grafts. Typically the grafts (4-8 hairs) were used to create fullness and density, and this combination procedure also normally used more grafts. Until the early 90s, a very refined surgical procedure called “FUT” was born, it’s follicular unit hair transplantation. As FUE hair transplant technology is the thing after 2002.

This punch graft technique, there is a big flaw, the first effect is the planted hair tangled like weeds, and the postoperative scar is obvious, it’ s an unnatural look that anyone can see it through.  Due to the use of punch the wound is particularly large, it is likely to cause long-term migraines.


Someone may ask since this technology is so immature, why were people willing to spend money to do? That’s because at that time there was no way to treat hair loss. Minoxidil was approved by FDA in 1988, and finasteride was even later. While there was only one way in the world could improve hair loss, there were people willing to take risks.

Therefore, a new technology from development to maturity, there are really a lot of twists and turns. Patients often ask us, is hair transplant technology not premature? In fact, hair transplant technology appeared from the 50s of last century, from the earliest PUNCH to the FUT, FUE, every step is through countless efforts to make hair transplant technology more mature, so that hair loss can be truly effectively improved. This process is not a short duration of time, but a half-century effort by medical experts.

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