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(Update 2) Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone Dies at 101

(Update 2) Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone Dies at 101

   Tokyo, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)--Yasuhiro Nakasone, who devoted his prime ministership to strengthening Japan's relationship with the United States and promoting administrative reform, died on Friday. He was 101.
   Nakasone's lengthy political career spanned the turbulent decades from Japan's post-World War II ruin to its phenomenal rise to economic power status and protracted malaise that followed the bubble economy.
   Born in Takasaki, Gunma Prefecture, eastern Japan, in May 1918, Nakasone graduated from Tokyo Imperial University, now the University of Tokyo, and entered the Home Ministry in 1941. After a stint as an officer in the Imperial Japanese Navy, he was elected to the House of Representatives for the first time in April 1947 from a Gunma constituency.
   He was elected to the Lower House 20 consecutive times, including from a regional proportional representation bloc.
   After belonging to a number of political parties, Nakasone was a founding member of the Liberal Democratic Party, which was created in 1955 through the merger of two conservative parties and held the reins of government almost uninterruptedly for more than 50 years until it was ousted by the then Democratic Party of Japan in 2009.

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