Born in Tokyo, Hata graduated from Seijo University and was employed by the Odakyu bus company from 1958 to 1969. In 1969, he entered the House of Representatives of Japan, representing Nagano prefecture as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party.
In 1994, when Hosokawa resigned, Hata became prime minister. However, the Social Democratic Party had recently left the coalition, destroying its majority in the Diet. Rather than face a vote of no confidence, Hata elected to resign in June, allowing SDP leader Murayama Tomiichi to take over the position.
Hata's son, Yuichiro, is a member of the House of Councillors of Japan.
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