Nakasone, Yasuhiro(yä'so͝ohē`rō nä'käsō`nā), 1918–, Japanese political leader and prime minister (1982–87). He served in the Diet after 1946. A political ally of 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. , Nakasone succeeded Zenko SuzukiSuzuki, Zenko,
1911–2004, Japanese politican. A founder of the ruling Liberal Democratic party (1955), he became prime minister on the death of Masayoshi Ohira (1980).
..... Click the link for more information. as prime minister. He increased Japan's military strength and established closer ties with the United States and with China. He resigned in 1987, and retired from the Diet in 2003.