Former Prime Minister Mr. Yasuhiro Nakasone passed away at 101 on November 29. He was one of the greatest political leaders in postwar Japan, and was respected by the Japanese people from the viewpoint that he established the conservative politics in Japan after the war.
He left us, all members of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), his strong and valuable influence. I often received guidance directly from him, owing to the kindness of Mr. Takuji Yanagimoto, one of my close friends and Former Member of the House of Councilors, who had served as a personal secretary to Mr. Nakasone for many years. When I was in my mid-forties, I transferred from my electoral district in Kanagawa Prefecture to Fukuoka 5th electoral district, and won the election of members of the House of Representatives. To report my win in the election, I visited Mr. Nakasone’s office, and he heartily praised me saying, “You worked hard in such a highly competitive election.”
I stopped by Takasaki City, where Mr. Nakasone was born, when I traveled around Gunma Prefecture this summer to assist an LDP’s candidate in his political campaign for the election of members of the House of Councilors. When I visited ‘Seiunjuku’, a private school which Mr. Nakasone founded, I was deeply impressed by his high aspirations once again. Mr. Nakasone passed away peacefully at the age of 101. I pray that his soul may rest in peace. (A photo attached to this article shows a part of my diary written on the day I visited Seiunjuku.)