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Table: Japan's Rock 'n' Roll Leader


BORN

1942, Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture, heir to an LDP dynasty

EDUCATION

Economics major at prestigious Keio University, graduate work at the University of London

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Started as Diet member in 1972. Held various Cabinet posts. Tried three times to win top spot in LDP

FAMILY

Divorced in 1982, two children

HOBBIES

Japanese heavy metal music, Kabuki theatre opera

CHARACTER TRAITS

Outspoken and ambitious; passionate about issues such as privatizing the postal savings system; manages to be both a maverick and a member of the mainstream LDP

Data: BusinessWeek


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