Ryutaro Hasimoto

Ryutaro Hasimoto

Former Prime Minister of Japan
Date of Birth: 29.07.1937
Country: Japan

Biography of Ryutaro Hashimoto

Ryutaro Hashimoto was a Japanese politician who served as the Prime Minister of Japan from January 11, 1996, to July 30, 1998. He obtained his higher education at Keio University, where he studied political science. In 1963, he became a member of the Japanese parliament.

Ryutaro Hasimoto

In 1989, Hashimoto became the Minister of Finance, and in 1994, he assumed the role of Minister of International Trade and Industry. In September 1995, he was elected as the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan.

During his tenure as Prime Minister from 1996 to 1998, Hashimoto focused on strengthening international relations, particularly with Russia. He actively pursued dialogue with Boris Yeltsin, emphasizing the need for a peaceful treaty between Russia and Japan, while also acknowledging the unresolved issue of territorial disputes.

In 1998, Hashimoto resigned due to the poor performance of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan in the upper house parliamentary elections. He was succeeded by Keizo Obuchi as the Prime Minister.

From 2000 to 2001, Hashimoto served as the State Minister in Yoshiro Mori's cabinet, overseeing administrative reform matters. After Mori's resignation in 2001, he ran for the leadership position of the Liberal Democratic Party again but lost the intraparty elections to Junichiro Koizumi.

In 2002, Hashimoto underwent a complex heart operation, from which he never fully recovered. He passed away on July 1, 2006, in Tokyo at the age of 69.