Famous People in Japan

Watanabe Michio

Date of Birth 28 July 1923
Date of Death 15 September 1995

Watanabe Michio was a politician who liked appearing on the television and came into national sentiment with his art of conversation and performance. He always tried to administer the affairs of nation with his realities, but sometimes he reiterated a slip of the tongue because of going too far ahead of realities. However he never conceded his belief that it was too difficult for nations to understand their policy without clear speech and behavior.

Watanabe Michio graduated from Tokyo Commercial University (now Hitotsubashi University) in 1944. After he was a member of Tochigi prefectural assembly, he was elected to the members of House of Representatives at an old Tochigi-first electoral district in 1963. Since he entered the Fukuda Ministry as the Minister of Health and Welfare for the first time in 1976, he successively occupied a number of important posts such as the Minister of Finance, and the Minister of International Trade and Industry.

Watanabe Michio ran for the election of the president of the Liberal Democratic Party in 1991 and 1993. However he was beaten and his long-cherished dream to become the Prime Minister didn't come true after all. His death symbolizes the death of one generation of Liberal Democratic Party and the change to a new one.

References: Mainichi Newspaper 16 September 1995,p1-2, Asahi Newspaper 16 september 1995,p1-3

Reported by: Maiko Hisada
Data verified by: Takae Miki
Date of Report: October 1995

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