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Koji Kakizawa, a former foreign minister and member of both houses of the Diet, died Tuesday of esophagus cancer at a hospital in Tokyo, his family said. He was 75.

After defecting from the Liberal Democratic Party and forming the now-defunct Liberal Party in 1994, Kakizawa held the post of foreign minister for about two months in the coalition government of Prime Minister Tsutomu Hata, which excluded the LDP.

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