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Former Foreign Minister Yukihiko Ikeda, who led efforts to resolve the 1996-1997 hostage standoff at the Japanese ambassador’s residence in Peru, died of rectal cancer early Wednesday morning at a Tokyo hospital, his family said. He was 66.

Ikeda, a House of Representatives member of the Liberal Democratic Party, served as foreign minister from January 1996 to September 1997 under Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto.

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