(b. 26 June 1937, d. 14 May 2000).
Prime Minister of Japan 1998–2000 Born in Agadsuma, he inherited his father's constituency and entered the House of Representatives in 1963. He became a minister in the Post and Telecommunications Ministry, and became the Chairman of the House of Representatives' finance committee. An increasingly influential member of the Liberal Democratic Party, he became the Minister for Foreign Affairs in 1997. He succeeded Hashimoto as Prime Minister, and sought to overcome the country's recession by lowering taxation and increasing public spending. He created a coalition with the New Kômeitô Party, in order to enable him to pass structural economic reforms. However, the coalition proved to be riven by conflicts, and on 3 April Obuchi suffered a stroke. He died the following month.
Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).