Yasuhiro Nakasone Biography
(Prime Minister of Japan (1982-87))
Birthday: May 27, 1918 (Gemini)
Born In: Takasaki, Gunma, Japan
Yasuhiro Nakasone was a Japanese politician who was the Prime Minister of Japan, as well as the President of the Liberal Democratic Party, from 1982 to 1987. He was a member of the House of Representatives for nearly six decades. A nationalist who "stood vacantly amid the ruins" upon his return to Tokyo following Second World War in August 1945, he focused his political efforts in bolstering Japan's Self-Defence Force and to revive Japanese patriotism. During his term, he improved relationships with foreign countries like China, Korea, Philippines, and also the United States, with which he sought a more equal relationship. Some of his achievements include the introduction of American nuclear power plant technologies to Japan and the privatization of state-owned companies like Japan National Railways. However, he failed at amending the Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution that forbade war to settle international disputes, could not fully implement his educational reforms due to criticism, and was ousted while attempting to introduce a value added tax. He lived for more than 101 years.