Ex-Japan PM Toshiki Kaifu dies at 91

Former Japanese Prime Minister Kaifu Toshiki has died at the age of 91. He is best known for sending Japan’s Self-Defense Forces to an overseas mission for the first time, Trend reports citing NHK.

Kaifu served in a number of ministerial positions before becoming the country’s prime minister in 1989. He was the first Japanese leader born in the Showa era.

During the Gulf War, the Kaifu administration provided $13 billion to coalition forces. After the war, his government decided to send minesweepers of the Maritime Self-Defense Forces to the Persian Gulf. This is the first time that the SDF has carried out a foreign mission since its establishment.

Kaifu was also known for his trademark style. He often wore a tie with a polka dot pattern. He won popular support with his clean image and led the Liberal Democratic Party to victory in the 1990 elections.

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