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He was born in Sapulpa, Oklahoma and earned a law degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1938. He studied law on a postgraduate level at Cambridge University and Tokyo Imperial University, and worked for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II.
Following the war, he served as a legal officer under General Douglas MacArthur in the Office of the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers, where he worked on the revision of Japanese pre-war statutes. He passed the Japanese bar examination in 1949 and became a Japanese attorney at law in 1950. He co-founded the law firm of Blakemore & Mitsuki, which became a preeminent commercial law firm in Tokyo, advising many major corporations. He was decorated with the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Third Class in 1987.
Blakemore and his wife established the Blakemore Foundation in 1990, which grants scholarships for the study of East and Southeast Asian languages to American citizens and permanent residents.
He died of heart failure in Seattle, Washington.