Kunio Hatoyama, Japanese politician, Died at 67

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Kunio Hatoyama was born on September 13, 1948, in Tokyo, and died on June 21, 2016.

He was a Japanese politician.

Kunio Hatoyama served as Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications under Prime Minister Tarō Asō until June 12, 2009.

Kunio Hatoyama came from a family of politician, his father was Yasuko Hatoyama and Iichirō Hatoyama, a bureaucrat who later became a third-generation politician, and grandson of Ichirō Hatoyama, who became the President of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Prime Minister of Japan between 1954 and 1956.

His brother was also a politician.

Kunio Hatoyama attended the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo and graduated with a degree in political science.

Kunio was immediately interested in politics, in which he became an aide to Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka.

Kunio ran for the House of Representatives in 1976 as a member of the New Liberal Club and entered the LDP after winning.

During 1993, he left the LDP and became a conservative independent, saying he wanted to form a new party to oppose the LDP.

Kunio Hatoyama was briefly the Minister of Education, Science, Sports and Culture in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Tsutomu Hata.

During 1994, Hatoyama helped form the now-defunct New Frontier Party, which he left in 1996 to form the Democratic Party of Japan with his brother, Yukio Hatoyama, and became the Vice Leader of the opposition.

A seperation between the brothers eventually led him to leave the DPJ in 1999, and he re-joined the LDP in 2000 after running unsuccessfully for the seat of the Governor of Tokyo.

Kunio Hatoyama supported the Shinzō Abe cabinet as Justice Minister in August 2007, and maintained his post through the September inauguration of the cabinet of Yasuo Fukuda.

The Serial killer Tsutomu Miyazaki was executed during his tenure.

Following the execution, he was called “Grim Reaper” by the Asahi Shimbun, which made him angry.

Then after that, in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Tarō Asō, appointed on September 24, 2008, Hatoyama was reappointed to the post of Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications.

During a dispute with Asō over a possible replacement of Japan Post Holdings president Yoshifumi Nishikawa Hatoyama resigned on June 12, 2009.

Emily Hatoyama (née Emily Baird, aka Emily Takami), the daughter of an Australian army sergeant, Jimmy Baird was his wife, they had 3 children together.

Kunio Hatoyama passed away at 67 years old.

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