Namco announced on the official Japanese website of the company the sad news about Mr. Masaya Nakamura. He was the founder of the Namco company in 1955 and he passed away at 91 on Sunday (January 29, 2017).
The official announcement can be found in here: http://www.bandainamco.co.jp/cgi-bin/releases/index.cgi/file/view/5616?entry_id=5145

Mr. Masaya Nakamura was born in 1925 and he graduated from Yokohama National University in 1948. After that he established Nakamura Manufacturing in 1955 (which is now known as Bandai Namco)