Michita Sakata, speaker of the House of Representatives from 1985 to 1986, died of heart failure Tuesday at a hospital in Yatsushiro, Kumamoto Prefecture, his family said. He was 87.

Sakata, a former municipal government official in Yatsushiro, was first elected to the Lower House in 1946 as a member of the Liberal Democratic Party and won the next 16 elections before deciding not to run in 1990.

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