Koizumi


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Koizumi

Junichiro . born 1941, Japanese politician; prime minister from 2001
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Last month, Koizumi gave a verbal drubbing to Prime Minister Taro Aso.
October -- Koizumi visits the Marco Polo Bridge in China, the site of the 1937 clash that triggered the 1937-1945 Sino-Japanese War, and offers an apology for the suffering Japan caused.
1 A Brief Overview of the Life of Shinzo Koizumi (2)
In April, Koizumi attempted to boost political impetus behind the deregulation process by appointing a dedicated task force comprised of all cabinet ministers and headed by himself.
A key turning point came in January when former Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa personally warned Koizumi that inflation targeting could raise long-term bond rates (and thus lower bond prices) long before inflation showed up.
Japanese government sources said earlier Koizumi and Kim are expected to agree to launch government-led research into the possibility of a bilateral free trade agreement.
The administration's 2003 budget request, due next month, may be less aggressive about cutting science than this year's was, Koizumi notes.
In it, Koizumi discusses ministry activity but also waxes philosophical on the personal toll of political fame: "I am a 24-hour bird in a cage.
It may even exceed sales of Rie Miyazawa's book,'' said Toru Korenaga, the Koizumi book's editor.
The reasons for the sudden emergence of Koizumi and his overwhelming success have been the subject of debate among political analysts both in Japan and overseas.
Speaking as Prime Minister for the first time earlier this month, Koizumi announced in his inaugural policy speech that his cabinet's top priority task is to rebuild Japan's stagnant economy.