Sōsuke Uno

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Sōsuke Uno
宇野 宗佑
Sosuke Uno 1977.png
Uno in 1977
47th Prime Minister of Japan
In office
3 June 1989 – 10 August 1989
Monarch Akihito
Preceded by Noboru Takeshita
Succeeded by Toshiki Kaifu
Personal details
Born (1922-08-27)27 August 1922
Moriyama, Shiga, Japan
Died 19 May 1998(1998-05-19) (aged 75)
Moriyama, Shiga, Japan
Political party Liberal Democratic Party
Alma mater Kobe University of Commerce
Military career
Allegiance  Japan
Service/branch  Imperial Japanese Army
Years of service 1943-1945
Rank Second Lieutenant

Second World War

Sōsuke Uno (宇野 宗佑, Uno Sōsuke, 27 August 1922 – 19 May 1998) was a Japanese politician and the 47th Prime Minister of Japan from 3 June 1989 to 10 August 1989.


He was born in Moriyama, Shiga and attended the Kobe University of Commerce. After serving as an officer 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 on 3 June 1989.

Uno eventually had to resign after less than three months amid a sex scandal revealed by a geisha.[1][2] The controversy surrounding Uno's extramarital affair was more focused on irresponsibility to support the Geisha rather than immorality; Uno supposedly did not properly provide and support his mistress with an appropriate amount, which led her to complain publicly, and he was branded as a stingy man. 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,[citation needed] and he quickly lost control over his faction within the party.

He died in Moriyama.


From the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia

  • Grand Cordon of the Order of the Rising Sun with Paulownia Flowers (29 April 1994)


  1. ^ "Obituary: Sosuke Uno". The Independent. 20 May 1998. 
  2. ^ Weisman, Steven R. (10 June 1989). "Ex-Geisha Accuses Uno Of a Dangerous Liaison". The New York Times. 

Further reading

  • West, Mark D. (2006). Secrets, Sex, and Spectacle: The Rules of Scandal in Japan and the United States. Chicago University Press. ISBN 978-0-226-89408-9. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Sadanori Yamanaka
Minister of State, Head of the Japan Defense Agency
Succeeded by
Michita Sakata
Preceded by
Masao Maeda
Minister of State, Head of the Science and Technology Agency
Succeeded by
Tasaburo Kumagai
Preceded by
Motohiko Kanai
Minister of State, Head of the Administrative Management Agency
Succeeded by
Yasuhiro Nakasone
Preceded by
Sadanori Yamanaka
Minister of International Trade and Industry
Succeeded by
Hikosaburo Okonogi
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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