Former Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Mutsuki Kato died of heart failure Tuesday at a Tokyo hospital. He was 79.

A native of Okayama Prefecture, Kato was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1967 from the Liberal Democratic Party.

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