Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone passed away at the age of 101 on Friday morning at a hospital in Tokyo. Nakasone was born in 1918, and served as the country’s prime minister from November 1982 to November 1987.
During his time in office, Nakasone advocated to revise the country’s constitution and was dedicated to strengthening Japan’s defense forces and its alliance with the United States.
He was the first Japanese prime minister to visit South Korea, which had been under Tokyo’s colonial rule between 1910 and end of World War II, 1945.
Nakasone stepped down from the top post in 1987 after support for his government plummeted as he tried to introduce a large-scale indirect tax system.