British sociologist Ronald Dore, professor emeritus at the University of London and known for his contributions to Japan studies, died in Italy on Tuesday. The university announced his death on Thursday. Dore had been hospitalized in Bologna due to respiratory disorders. Born in Bournemouth, in southern England, in 1925, Dore studied Japanese during World War II and graduated from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies. He studied at the University of Tokyo in 1950.