this is very sad indeed. Maybe in death he'll get the recognition he deserved, at least here in the U.S. He never seems to be in the discussion when rock drummers are talked about, much like Stefan Kaufmann of Accept. I've been a longtime Loudness fan and thought Munetaka was very solid and I always enjoyed his playing. There are lesser drummers who get talked about more than Munetaka. I was fortunate enough to catch Loudness when they played at BB King's in New York some time ago. What a band.