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Kiichi Miyazawa
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Prime Minister of Japan
In office
5 November 1991 – 9 August 1993
Monarch Akihito
Preceded by Toshiki Kaifu
Succeeded by Morihiro Hosokawa
Personal details
Born (1919-10-08)8 October 1919
Fukuyama, Japan
Died 28 June 2007(2007-06-28) (aged 87)
Tokyo, Japan
Political party Liberal Democratic Party
Alma mater Tokyo Imperial University

Kiichi Miyazawa (8 October 1919 – 28 June 2007) was a Japanese politician. Miyazawa was a member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). He was the 78th Prime Minister, serving from 5 November 1991 to 9 August 1993.

Early life and career

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Miyazawa was born into a wealthy, politically active family in Fukuyama, Hiroshima, on 8 October 1919. His father was a member of the Diet and his grandfather a cabinet minister. He graduated from Tokyo Imperial University with a degree in law. In 1942, he joined the ministry of finance, avoiding military service during World War II.

In 1953, he was elected to the upper house of the Diet of Japan, where he stayed until moving to the lower house in 1967. Miyazawa held a number of prominent public positions. He became minister of finance under the government of Noboru Takeshita in July 1986. However, Miyazawa had to resign amid the Recruit scandal in 1988.

Prime minister

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Miyazawa with Robert Rubin, Secretary of Treasury 1999

Miyazawa became Prime Minister on 5 November 1991 backed by his faction. Miyazawa gained brief fame in the United States when President George H. W. Bush vomited in his lap and fainted during a state dinner on 8 January 1992.

His government passed a law allowing Japan to send its forces overseas for peacekeeping missions as well as negotiating a trade agreement with the United States. It also introduced financial reforms to address the growing economic problem in Japan in the 1990s.

Miyazawa resigned in 1993 marking an end to 38 years of Liberal Democratic Party government. The Liberal Democratic Party returned to power in June 1994.

Subsequent career

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President John F. Kennedy with Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa in the Garden of Iikura House

He served a total 14 terms in both upper and lower houses before retiring from politics in 2003. The reason for his retirement was that then prime minister Junichiro Koizumi set an age limit of 73 for LDP political candidates.

Personal life

Miyazawa married while studying in the United States. He and his wife, Yoko, had two children. He published a book, entitled Secret Talks Between Tokyo and Washington, which was translated into English by Robert D. Eldridge in 2007. The book is about Miyazawa's views concerning the relationships between the US and Japan in terms of the political, economic, and security-related negotiations during the period of 1949 and 1954.


Miyazawa died in Tokyo at the age of 87 on 28 June 2007.

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