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Zentaro Kosaka, a conservative politician who worked for normalization of diplomatic relations with China and promoted rapprochement with the Soviet Union during the Cold War era, died of renal failure at his home in Tokyo’s Ota Ward on Sunday afternoon, his family said. He was 88.

Kosaka, who hailed from Nagano Prefecture, was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1946. His grandfather Zennosuke, founder of the daily Shinano Mainichi, and his father Junzo were also politicians. His younger brother Tokusaburo was also an influential Liberal Democrat.

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