Kozo Watanabe, former vice speaker of the House of Representatives, has actually passed away at the age of 88, individuals near him claimed Monday.
Watanabe, that was chosen 14 times to the Lower House, had actually relinquished national politics after determining not to run in the 2012 Lower House political election. The political heavyweight had actually functioned as a leading advisor to what was after that the major resistance event.
A local of Fukushima Prefecture, Watanabe was very first chosen to the Lower House in 1969 as well as developed himself as a vital participant of a Liberal Democratic Party intrigue led by Noboru Takeshita. He additionally held numerous messages, consisting of profession priest as well as residence events priest.
Together with single power-broker Ichiro Ozawa, he left the LDP as well as signed up with the New Frontier Party in 1993 after sustaining a no-confidence activity versus the Cabinet of Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa at the moment.
Watanabe ended up being the Lower House vice speaker in 1996 as well as held the article for virtually 7 years, a document for the article. He relocated to the now-disbanded Democratic Party of Japan in 2005 as well as ended up being chairman of its Diet Affairs Committee as well as its supreme advisor.