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Nakasone led Japan with strong hand in era of Reagan and Thatcher

Former prime minister leaves many legacies, from privatizations to a stronger US alliance

TOKYO -- A political chameleon-turned-influential statesman, former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone played an instrumental role in shaping the postwar political environment here throughout his decades in public office.

He died Friday at 101 with his longtime goal of revising the constitution to enhance the role of the military unrealized. But his political legacy, including a stronger alliance with the U.S., continues to affect Japan.

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