Kaifu, Toshiki

Kaifu, Toshiki

(tō`shēkē kī`fo͞o), 1931–, Japanese politician. A graduate of the law faculty at Waseda Univ., Kaifu ran successfully for parliament in 1954. A member of the Liberal Democratic party (LDP), he served twice as education minister before rising to lead the party after the resignations of Noburu TakeshitaTakeshita, Noboru
, 1924–2000, Japanese politician, b. Kakeya. The son of a sake brewer, he was first elected to parliament in 1958 and served as chief cabinet secretary, construction minister, and finance minister (1979–80, 1982–86).
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 and Sosuke Uno as a result of financial and other scandals. Although Kaifu became prime minister in 1989, his faction was too small to effectively wield power for very long. He resigned in 1991 and was replaced by Kiichi MiyazawaMiyazawa, Kiichi
, 1919–2007, Japanese politician, b. Fukuyama. A member of an eminent political family, he graduated from Tokyo Univ. and served in the finance ministry during the Allied occupation.
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. In 1994 he quit the LDP and later became head of the newly founded Shinshinto (New Frontier party), a conservative reform party. He resigned as party leader in 1995.
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