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Ryutaro Hashimoto

Age: 68

Japanese official whose long political career began in 1963, when he was elected to parliament. His ascent culminated in his election as prime minister in 1996. He resigned two years later, accepting responsibility for his Liberal Democratic Party's humiliating defeat in national elections.

Died: Tokyo, July 1, 2006

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