Former Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto, who died Saturday at age 68, was a passionate, tough politician with a great deal of policy expertise.

Although he usually appeared before reporters as a short-tempered politician who often threw tough questions back at them, Hashimoto was a warm-hearted man devoted to medical and social welfare issues and a dove when it came to diplomacy.

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