Mount Foraker Tragedies. Six Japanese climbers from two different expeditions died on Foraker. Takatsugi Yoshino, Kazuo Yukoyama and Yutaka Yoshida of a 14-member party, led by Akide Sato, radioed on May 3 that they were near death from fatigue, but before other members of the team could reach them in bad weather, they had died. Three members of another expedition, led by Tsuyoshi Ashizawa, were buried in an avalanche at 7500 feet. The victims were Toshio Hirakawa, Yoshitsugu Sanya and Kenji Koshiishi.