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Jan 14, 2022

Ex-Japanese PM Kaifu passes away

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu. Wikipedia
Former Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu. Wikipedia

Former Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu passed away on Sunday.

He was 91 said government Spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno without specifying the causes.

Born in Ichinomiya, Nagoya, on Jan. 2, 1931, Kaifu was the first Japanese prime minister served from August 1989 until November 1991 born in the Showa era (1926-1989).

He was first elected to the Lower House of the Diet in 1960, where he served for 16 straight terms. He held a number of Cabinet posts, including Chief Cabinet Secretary, Government Spokesperson and twice Education Minister, before becoming Prime Minister in 1989.

During the Gulf War 1991, Kaifu’s government contributed US $13 billion but faced criticism for not sending any personnel.

However, because of the internal political issues growing up within the political parties he could not survive and forced him to be ousted from the premiership in October 1991.