Which Japanese prime ministers have been the best English-speakers?

鳩山総理/国連演説
日本, 2009年, 鳩山 由紀夫

Earlier this year, Shinzo Abe gave a well-received speech in English at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington (watch it here).

Which other Japanese prime ministers have been strong English-speakers?

Two names stand out. One is Kiichi Miyazawa, who was in office from 1991 to 1993. The other is Yukio Hatoyama, who served from 2009 to 2010.

Six days after he became prime minister, Dr Hatoyama spoke in English at a United Nations summit on climate change.

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Japan will aim to reduce its emissions by twenty-five per cent by 2020, if compared to the 1990 level.

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. . . all major economies participate. The commitment of Japan to the world is premised on agreement on ambitious targets by all the major economies.

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Japan is prepared to provide more financial and technical assistance than in the past, in accordance with the progress of the international negotiations.

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Notes

1) You can read the full speech here on the official website of the prime minister and his cabinet.

2) Dr Hatoyama holds a PhD in industrial engineering from Stanford University in California.

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