October 15, 1989 |
Former Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka, 71, who held his seat in Parliament through the turmoil of being arrested and convicted of accepting a $1.8-million bribe and after suffering a stroke, announced Saturday through his adopted son-in-law that he is retiring from politics. Naoki Tanaka, himself a member of Parliament, told Tanaka's supporters in Niigata prefecture (state) that their mentor will not run in the next lower-house election.
July 29, 1987 |
Former Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka, 69, who for more than a decade reigned as a kingmaker in Japanese politics, lost another battle today. The Tokyo High Court, an appeals tribunal, upheld the October, 1983, verdict of a district court that found him guilty of accepting a $1.8-million bribe from the Lockheed Aircraft Corp. during his 1972-74 term in office and sentenced him to four years in jail and a fine of 500 million yen ($1.
March 5, 1985
The condition of ex-Japanese Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka is more serious than first believed after a stroke last week, his doctors said. They had predicted recovery in three to four weeks, but they now say it could be as long as three months before Tanaka, head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's largest faction, can return to normal activities. They said it is not known whether Tanaka, 66, will suffer any permanent paralysis.
February 23, 1988
Makoto Miike, 87, former Japanese postal and telecommunications minister and the eldest member of Japan's House of Councilors. Miike had been a member of the upper house of the governing Liberal Democratic Party since 1986. He first was elected to the House of Representatives, the lower house, in 1949 and was postal and telecommunications minister from July to December, 1972, in the government of Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka. In Tokyo on Saturday.
August 16, 1992 |
Osamu Inaba, who as justice minister helped bring down Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka in the 1976 Lockheed scandal, died of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital Saturday, his family said. He was 82. During Inaba's tenure as justice minister, he sought information from the United States about the payoff scandal and played a key role in arresting Tanaka. Tanaka was convicted of receiving about $2 million in bribes from the Lockheed Corp.
June 4, 1987 |
Former Finance Minister Noboru Takeshita emerged Wednesday as the front-runner in the race to succeed Japan's Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone later this year, political analysts said. Takeshita, 63, won the support of 118 fellow members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, giving him the upper hand in the fight to control the party's largest faction and become the country's next leader, the analysts said. "Takeshita has become the front-runner," Masayuki Fukuoka of Komazawa University said.