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is a Japan
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. He was named Minister of Justice on October 31, 2005 and served in the cabinet of Prime Minister
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is a Japanese politician who served as Prime Minister of Japan from 2001 to 2006. He retired from politics when his term in parliament ended.Widely seen as a maverick leader of the Liberal Democratic Party , he became known as an economic reformer, focusing on Japan's government debt and the...
. Being a Buddhist
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, he imposed a moratorium
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on executions during his time as Justice Minister. He was defeated in the 2009 election by Yasuhiro Nakane a member of the DPJ.