Miki, Takeo,1907–88, Japanese politician, prime minister of Japan (1974–76). He attended Meiji Univ. and the Univ. of California, Los Angeles, and was first elected to the Diet in 1937. An advocate of friendship with the United States before the war, he was thus able to remain in politics during the American occupation. A member of the Liberal Democratic partyLiberal Democratic party
(LDP), Japanese political party. It began as the conservative Liberal party, which, under Shigeru Yoshida, became the dominant political force in Japan following World War II. In 1955 the Liberals merged with the newly created Democratic party.
..... Click the link for more information. (founded in 1955), Miki headed several ministries including communications (1947–48), transport (1954–55), international trade and industry (1965–66), and foreign affairs (1966–68). He was also chairman of the Japan's atomic energy agency (1961–62) and deputy prime minister (1972–74) before succeeding Prime Minister Kakuei TanakaTanaka, Kakuei
, 1918–93, Japanese political leader and prime minister (1972–74). Born to a poor rural family, he moved to Tokyo at the age of 15 and by 1937 had established his own construction firm.
..... Click the link for more information. , who resigned amid corruption charges.