Ex-US vice president, ambassador to Japan Mondale dies

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© Provided by INSIDER Vice President Joe Biden (R) and former Vice President Walter Mondale shake hands during an event honoring Mondale at The George Washington University in Washington October 20, 2015. William Mondale served for a time as an assistant attorney general.

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USA media reported that his family said he died on Monday.

Another official on that phone call, Minnesota Governor, Tim Walz, spoke of Mondale's vision for America. "Through his work as a Senator, he showed me what was possible", Biden said in a statement. He was also a US Senator from Minnesota before serving as Carter's vice president from 1977 to 1981.

In a statement released after Mondale's death on Monday, Carter called him "the best vice president in our country's history". "It was Walter Mondale who defined the vice presidency as a full partnership, and helped provide a model for my service", Biden said.

Mondale would go on to win the Democratic presidential nomination himself in 1984, and make history by naming a woman, US Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of NY, as his running mate before ultimately falling short to Reagan.

"He not only created a path for himself, he helped others do the same. I'll miss him dearly, and my heart is with his family today", Harris said in a tweet.

In April 1996, then Japanese Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto and Mondale reached a key agreement between Washington and Tokyo that the land used for the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in a crowded residential area in Ginowan in Okinawa should be returned to Japan.

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