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Nakasone Yasuhiro

Nakasone Yasuhiro (中曽根 康弘 May 27,1918 - ) was a Japanese politician and the 71st, 72nd, and 73rd Prime Minister from November 27, 1982 to December 27, 1983, from December 27, 1983 to July 22, 1986 and from July 22, 1986 to November 6, 1987 respectively.

He was born in Gunma prefecture. He was Minister of Science in 1959 under the governement of Kishi Nobusuke, then Minister of Transport in 1967, head of the Agency of Defense in 1970, Minister of International Trade and Industry in 1972 and Minister of Administration in 1981.

The government of Nakasone

Nakasone gained notoriety among the various non-Japanese ethnic groups in Japan (particularly the sizeable Korean minority) for proclaiming that Japan's success was because it did not have ethnic minorities, like the US. He then clarified his comments, stating that he means to congratulate the US on its economic success despite the presence of "problematic" minorities. Due to this issue, Fujio Masayuki, the Minister of Education, had to resign in 1986. Abe Shintaro was the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

He was replaced by Takeshita Noboru.

See also: List of Japanese politicians, Politics of Japan, History of Japan, Japan

Preceded by:
Suzuki Zenko
Prime ministers of Japan Succeeded by:
Takeshita Noboru