Nakasone, Yasuhiro

Nakasone, Yasuhiro

(yä'so͝ohē`rō nä'käsō`nā), 1918–2019, 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.
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 and 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.
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 (LDP), 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).
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 as prime minister. He increased Japan's military strength, but did not succeed in revising the country's pacifist constitution. He became the first Japanese prime minister to visit South Korea officially, and established closer ties with the United States and with China. Domestically, he oversaw the privatization of the state railroad and telecommunications monopolies and reduced the influence of the national bureaucracy in government decisions. He resigned as prime minister in 1987, but was a senior LDP adviser from 1991 until he retired from the Diet in 2003.