We just received news from French colleague Leo Tamaki that Masamichi Noro Sensei (1935-2013) passed away today in France at the age of 78 after a long illness. At this point, we have not yet received any further details.
Noro Sensei entered the Aikikai Hombu Dojo as an uchideshi in 1955. He was dispatched to France in 1961 as a 5th dan, and became a 6th dan shihan in 1963. Noro later separated from the Aikikai Hombu organization, and in 1979 established Kinomichi (The Way of Ki), which consists of aiki-like movements combined with dance done in a slow-motion manner. He taught for many years at the Centre International Noro Kinomichi in Paris.