Tokyo - Yoshio Sakurauchi, former speaker of the lower
house of Japan's parliament, died Saturday. He was 91.
Sakurauchi died of respiratory failure at a Tokyo hospital, hospital
officials said yesterday.
Beginning in 1947, Sakurauchi was elected 18 times to the lower house and
once to the less-powerful upper house. He retired from politics three years
ago. His father Yukio was also a lawmaker.
Born May 8, 1912, in Tokyo, Sakurauchi was minister of trade, agriculture,
construction and foreign affairs before serving as speaker of the lower house
in 1990-93. He also served in key policy-making posts within the Liberal