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In this Japanese name, the family name is Uno.
Sōsuke Uno
宇野 宗佑

In office
3 June 1989 – 10 August 1989
Monarch Akihito
Preceded by Noboru Takeshita
Succeeded by Toshiki Kaifu

Born 27 August 1922(1922-08-27)
Shiga, Japan
Died 19 May 1998 (aged 75)
Moriyama, Japan
Political party Liberal Democratic Party
Alma mater Kobe University of Commerce

Sōsuke Uno (宇野 宗佑 Uno Sōsuke August 27, 1922–May 19, 1998) was a Japanese politician and the 75th Prime Minister of Japan from June 3, 1989 to August 10, 1989.

He was born in Shiga Prefecture and attended the Kobe University of Commerce. After serving in the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II, he entered politics, winning election to the Diet of Japan in 1960.

Uno's main action as prime minister was to institute the country's first consumption tax, which immediately caused an uproar among many voters and led to the Japan Socialist Party's victory in the Tokyo metropolitan legislative election of 1989. Uno's government was also hurt by repercussive effects from the Recruit Scandal of 1988. Uno assumed office as the tanks rolled into Beijing on June 3.

Uno eventually had to resign after less than three months amid a sex scandal revealed by a geisha. The controversy surrounding Uno's extramarital affair was more focused on irresponsibility rather than immorality; Uno supposedly did not support his mistress, at the least not with an appropriate amount, which led her to complain publicly. The story was not widely publicized in Japan until a Washington Post reporter picked up the story from the Mainichi Shimbun, bringing international attention to Uno.

Following Uno's resignation, most LDP lawmakers refused to associate with him, and he quickly lost control over his faction within the party.

He died in Moriyama.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Tadashi Kuranari
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Hiroshi Mitsuzuka
Preceded by
Noboru Takeshita
Prime Minister of Japan
Succeeded by
Toshiki Kaifu

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