BREAKING: Former Japanese Prime Minister, Yasuhiro Nakasone Is Dead

BREAKING: Former Japanese Prime Minister, Yasuhiro Nakasone Is Dead

Emerging report indicates that a former Japanese Prime Minister, Yasuhiro Nakasone has died at the age of 101.

Nakasone, who was prime minister from 1982 to 1987, hobnobbed on the world stage with Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher while battling with bureaucrats over domestic reforms.

In 1983, he became the first Japanese prime minister to officially visit South Korea, mending fences with a country that Japan had brutally colonized between 1910 and 1945.

Nakasone pursued domestic reforms aggressively, privatizing Japan’s state-run railway, tobacco, and telecommunications monopolies. Critics say, however, that he failed to implement a landmark set of reform proposals to help Japan’s economy grow.

Nakasone won a rare fifth year in office after leading his Liberal Democratic Party to a landslide victory in 1986 elections. But his career was shadowed by links to a huge political scandal, a stocks-for-favors scam.

He quit the LDP in 1989 over the scandal but two years later was welcomed back as a senior adviser.

He was forced to retire in 2003 when he was 85 along with other elder statesmen by then-Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, who was keen to rejuvenate the LDP’s image as a party of hidebound, elderly politicians.

Born in the hilly district of Takasaki, in Gunma Prefecture, on May 27, 1918, to a wealthy timber trader, Nakasone graduated from Tokyo University before entering the Home Ministry in 1941.

Nakasone had two daughters and a politician son, Hirofumi.

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