TOKYO, January 14. /tass/. Former Japanese Prime Minister Toshiki Kaifu has died at the age of 91. This was reported on Friday by NHK. According to him, the former head of government died on January 9. Kaifu served as premier from August 1989 to November 1991. He became the first head of the Japanese government to approve the sending of units of the Self-Defense Forces abroad. The servicemen were engaged in mine clearance operations after the war in The Persian Gulf.
Portuguese authorities have launched an investigation into the legality of issuing a national passport to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, according to Reuters and Portuguese radio station Renascença. The investigation is conducted by the Institute of Registrations and Notaries (IRN). The Portuguese Ministry of Justice told the media that such an investigation is a standard procedure when information about “any possible violation” is received. “IRN intends to establish, excluding any doubts, whether there has been a violation,” the Ministry of Justice quoted Reuters as saying. A representative of Abramovich told the agency that the billionaire and his staff “welcome any verification, as it will demonstrate that citizenship was obtained in accordance with the rules.” The fact that Abramovich received Portuguese citizenship under the law on naturalization of Sephardic Jews, RBC was told in December by a source and later confirmed by Millhouse, which manages the businessman’s assets. According to the source,