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July 31, 1993 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A onetime rebel from Japan's perennial ruling Liberal Democrats was elected president of the party Friday and became its candidate for prime minister. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono, 56, beat former Foreign Minister Michio Watanabe, 70, by a vote of 208 to 159 in balloting among Liberal Democrat prefectural (state) officials and legislators from both houses of Parliament.
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April 25, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
In the first test of his willingness to shake up Japan's hidebound governing party, premier-in-waiting Junichiro Koizumi today firmed up the lineup for a trio of top party posts, including among them a longtime ally and a recent rival. Koizumi is to be voted in as prime minister Thursday by parliament after winning the presidency of the Liberal Democratic Party, or LDP, on Tuesday.
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April 25, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
In the first test of his willingness to shake up Japan's hidebound governing party, premier-in-waiting Junichiro Koizumi today firmed up the lineup for a trio of top party posts, including among them a longtime ally and a recent rival. Koizumi is to be voted in as prime minister Thursday by parliament after winning the presidency of the Liberal Democratic Party, or LDP, on Tuesday.
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December 8, 1994 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fissures within a new opposition party that might give Japan a two-party system rose to the surface Wednesday when talks to choose a leader by consensus collapsed. Instead, three candidates--former Prime Ministers Toshiki Kaifu and Tsutomu Hata, and Takashi Yonezawa, chairman of the middle-of-the-road Democratic Socialist Party--filed to run for leadership of the New Frontier Party in a vote that will be held today.
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December 8, 1994 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fissures within a new opposition party that might give Japan a two-party system rose to the surface Wednesday when talks to choose a leader by consensus collapsed. Instead, three candidates--former Prime Ministers Toshiki Kaifu and Tsutomu Hata, and Takashi Yonezawa, chairman of the middle-of-the-road Democratic Socialist Party--filed to run for leadership of the New Frontier Party in a vote that will be held today.
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August 3, 1993
Japan's lower house of Parliament is to convene in special session Thursday to name a successor to outgoing Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa, whose long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party failed to win a majority in July 18 elections. Anti-corruption campaigner Morihiro Hosokawa, head of the center-right Japan New Party, is widely expected to become the first non-LDP prime minister for 38 years. He has the backing of an eight-party majority coalition.
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July 24, 1993 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six of seven opposition parties that could form a coalition in Japan for the first time since 1948 reached apparent agreement Friday on political reform that would be the base of a non-Liberal Democrat government. Leaders of two key parties announced that they would demand acceptance of a new reform plan as the price of their support in a coalition.
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June 23, 1993 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Foreign Minister Kabun Muto came up with a new idea to help the beleaguered Liberal Democratic Party retain its 38-year grasp on government in Japan--but it wasn't a very diplomatic one.
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July 18, 1993 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the ruling Liberal Democratic Party facing defeat in the powerful lower house of Parliament for the first time in 38 years, Japan's voters went to the polls today to choose between stability and change. In his final appeal to the voters Saturday, Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa insisted that Japan would be thrown into chaos by any coalition "dragged around by the Socialists."
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July 17, 1993 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Voters Sunday will have an opportunity like none before to carry out change in Japan in the most important election since World War II. An unprecedented political setting has emerged. By all political readings, a historical upset will occur. The new factors include: * Rebel conservative politicians have bolted the Liberal Democratic Party, slashing its holdings to 29 seats below a majority in the powerful lower house of Parliament, which elects the prime minister.
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July 31, 1993 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A onetime rebel from Japan's perennial ruling Liberal Democrats was elected president of the party Friday and became its candidate for prime minister. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yohei Kono, 56, beat former Foreign Minister Michio Watanabe, 70, by a vote of 208 to 159 in balloting among Liberal Democrat prefectural (state) officials and legislators from both houses of Parliament.
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August 9, 1993 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the morning in 1945 that he was to face interrogation by the allies as a Class-A war criminal who failed to stop Japan from igniting a disastrous Pacific war, former Prime Minister Fumimaro Konoe put on a kimono and swallowed a dose of potassium cyanide to quietly kill himself. Almost half a century later, in a strange quirk of history and fate, his grandson, Morihiro Hosokawa, stands at the very same helm to guide Japan through another turning point.
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August 7, 1993 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After 34 hours of obstructionism and an invalid round of balloting, lawmakers late Friday finally elected Morihiro Hosokawa as Japan's new prime minister. The balloting in the lower house of Parliament ended 38 years of rule by the Liberal Democratic Party, launched an opposition-led coalition into power and ushered in a new generation of leaders. Hosokawa, 55, is a rebel from the Liberal Democrats who formed a grass-roots reform party only 15 months ago.
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