Kiichi Miyazawa

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Kiichi Miyazawa graduated from the Law Faculty of Tokyo Imperial University. He joined the Ministry of Finance in 1942 and in 1953, he became a member of the House of Councilors. While serving at the Ministry of Finance, he was a staff member of the Japanese delegation headed by Prime Minister Yoshida in the San Francisco Peace Treaty Conference. From 1962 to 1964 and from 1966 to 1968 he served as a state minister and director-general of the Economic Planning Agency. Mr. Miyazawa became a member of the House of Representatives in 1967 and since then has held several prominent positions in the government. He served as minister of international trade and industry (1970-71), minister of foreign affairs (1974-76), and state minister and director-general of the Economic Planning Agency (1977-78). He was state minister and chief cabinet secretary (1984-86) and minister of finance (1986-87). In 1987 he served as vice prime minister and minister of finance for a year, and from 1991 to 1993 he was the prime minister of Japan. In July 1999, he was appointed minister of finance at the request of Prime Minister Obuchi, and continued his term under the Mori Cabinet as well. After serving twelve consecutive terms in the House of Representatives, Mr. Miyazawa retired from the Diet of Japan in 2003. He died at the age of 87 at his home in Tokyo on June 28, 2007.