TOKYO — Yasuhiro Nakasone delivered what is likely to be his final parliamentary address as prime minister today, telling legislators that Japan's economy must be restructured if it is to develop in harmony with the world's.
In a 30-minute speech to an added session of the Diet, Japan's Parliament, Nakasone reviewed the aims of his five-year administration, laying emphasis on economic and tax system reforms and Japan's growing international role.
The address by the 69-year-old premier, who is to step down Oct. 30, was taken as a message to would-be successors on the policies they must favor to win his backing.
Since choosing a party president involves brokering among the handful of rival intra-party factions, the candidates are aggressively seeking the backing of Nakasone's own faction to win. But so far the prime minister has not publicly chosen a successor.