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Age Limit Bugs Japanese Legislator

From Times Wire Reports

Former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone abandoned plans to run for reelection to parliament and marked the occasion by writing a haiku.

Pressed to bow out by a new age limit, 83-year-old Nakasone read aloud his poem at a news conference to declare his political career was not over:

With dusk yet to come

Cicada persists in song

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While it still has life.

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi urged Nakasone to retire last week, citing a new Liberal Democratic Party policy barring people over 73 to run for the type of seat Nakasone holds.


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