Born: Sep 20, 1940 AD
Currently alive, at 74 years of age.
1940 - Born on the 20th of September in Iizuka, Fukuoka, Japan.
1966 - He joined his father's company.
1973-1979 - Served as president of the Aso Mining Company.
1976 - He was also a member of the Japanese shooting team at the 76' Summer Olympics in Montreal.
1978 - President of the Japan Junior Chamber.
1979 - He was elected as a member of the House of Representatives in October, and has since been re-elected eight times.
1988 - He became Parliamentary Vice Minister for Education.
2001 - As economics minister he was quoted as saying he wanted to make Japan a country where "rich Jews" would like to live.
2003 - He joined the Cabinet of Junichiro Koizumi in 03' as Minister of Internal Affairs, Posts and Communications.
2005 - He became Minister for Foreign Affairs.
2006 - He was one of the final candidates to replace Koizumi as prime minister, but lost the internal party election to Shinzo Abe by a wide margin.
2007 - He established the International Manga prize for non-Japanese Mangaka.
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