Noboru Takeshita (1924-2000) was elected to parliament as a Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) deputy in 1958, he became president of the LDP and prime minister in October in 1987.
His administration was undermined by the Recruit insider-trading scandal and in April 1989 he resigned because of his involvement.
Takeshita, the son of a sake brewer, trained as a kamikaze pilot during World War II. He was a schoolteacher before begimiing his political career in the House of Representatives, rising to chief cabinet secretary to Prime Minister Sato 1971-1972 and finance minister under Nakasone.
As prime minister he introduced a furusato (hometown) project of giving 3,200 towns and villages a grant of 100 rnillion yen (2500,000) each. This benefited construction companies, who are among the main backers of Takeshita's LDP faction. The Recruit scandal and the introduction of a consumption tax caused popular approval of Takeshita's government to drop dramatically.
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Noboru Takeshita was a Japanese right-wing politician.