Ex-Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone dies at 101

The former prime minister served his term as Japan's premier from November 1982 to 1987 and played a crucial role in expanding Japan's defence provisions

Ex-Japanese PM Yasuhiro Nakasone dies at 101 Wikimedia Commons/ Aic W. Firaneck

Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone died at the age of 101, sources close to the matter said on Friday. Nakasone served as Japan's premier from November 1982 to November 1987.

A politician known for his support of expanding Japan's defence provisions, Nakasone passed away at a hospital in Tokyo just after 7:00 am (local time) on Friday, sources here said.

Widely regarded as a strong figure in politics, the former Japanese leader, in terms of diplomacy, was also known to have a close, first-name-basis relationship with former US President Ronald Reagan during the 1980s, Xinhua news agency reported.

During his tenure, he was an advocate for and worked towards the privatisation of Japan's national railway system and was also a proponent of revising Japan's pacifist Constitution.

Born in Gunma Prefecture's Takasaki City in 1918, Nakasone entered politics in 1947, securing a seat in Japan's House of Representatives, or lower house of parliament, and went on to hold his seat for 20 successive elections.