Author and fiery nationalist Shintaro Ishihara — a former Tokyo governor whose outbursts and views stoked anger among both Japan’s neighbors and allies — died Tuesday after a reoccurrence of pancreatic cancer last October, his family said. He was 89.
Ishihara, an award-winning writer before turning to politics, served nearly three decades in both houses of Japan’s parliament under the banner of the long-dominant Liberal Democratic Party before being elected governor of Tokyo in 1999, a post he held through 2012.
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