TOKYO— Kozo Sasaki, former chairman of Japan’s No. 1 opposition Socialist Party, died of a heart alimentation hospital today, a spokesman said. He was 84.
Sasaki, son of a poor farmer in the northern province of Miyagi, served as chairman of the party from 1965 to 1967.
Known for his trademark provincial accent, he was a leader of the ‘Marxist agricultural movement before World War Il. He was collected to the lower house in 1947 and had since been returned to the chamber 11 straight times.
After retirement in 1976, when he lost the lower house seat, he ‘worked for promotion of friendship between Japan and Cambodia.