Noboru Takeshita

Age: 76

former Japanese prime minister and leader of the Liberal Democratic Party whose power and influence endured a bribery scandal that forced him—and several cabinet members—to resign. As finance minister in 1985, he guided the economy during the bubble years, when real estate and stock prices soared.

Died: Tokyo, June 19, 2000

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