Former Japan Prime Min. Nakasone Dies at 101

Politics Society

Tokyo, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)--Yasuhiro Nakasone, one of the longest-serving prime ministers of Japan in the post-World War II era, died on Friday. He was 101.

Under the banner of a wholesale review of postwar politics, Nakasone devoted his prime ministership to strengthening Japan's relationship with the United States and pushing ahead with administrative reform.

As prime minister from November 1982 to November 1987, Nakasone declared that Japan and the United States share the same destiny and came to be on a first-name basis with then U.S. President Ronald Reagan, a relationship known as the "Ron-Yasu" friendship.

In administrative reform, he took the initiative of breaking up and privatizing the state-run Japanese National Railways to create the Japan Railways Group in 1987. He also presided over the 1985 privatization of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Public Corp., currently Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. <9432>, and Japan Tobacco and Salt Public Corp., now Japan Tobacco Inc. <2914>.

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