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April 28, 2001 | Associated Press
New Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi sought Friday to allay fears in Asia about his hawkish views, saying his nation must learn the lessons of its imperialist past. In his first news conference since being elected prime minister, Koizumi reached out to neighbors who have expressed anger over his support for official visits to a controversial war shrine and calls for a wider military role for Japan.
September 6, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's political future at home is uncertain ahead of parliamentary elections. But in Honduras, his image is really worth something. The government of Honduras will issue commemorative coins bearing an image of Koizumi to mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Japan's Foreign Ministry said. The 1.
June 17, 2006 | From the Associated Press
When Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi tours Graceland later this month with President Bush, he will be representing a big constituency -- Japan has droves of Elvis Presley fans, and the biggest Elvis fan club in east Asia. Koizumi, of course, is the most famous. He notes with pride that he shares a Jan. 8 birthday with Elvis. Last year he serenaded Bush with "I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" at a birthday party for the president.
April 25, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
In the first test of his willingness to shake up Japan's hidebound governing party, premier-in-waiting Junichiro Koizumi today firmed up the lineup for a trio of top party posts, including among them a longtime ally and a recent rival. Koizumi is to be voted in as prime minister Thursday by parliament after winning the presidency of the Liberal Democratic Party, or LDP, on Tuesday.
October 10, 2003 | From Associated Press
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi ordered the lower house of Japan's parliament dissolved today, paving the way for national elections that he hopes will strengthen his party. The dissolution places the 480 seats of the powerful lower house up for grabs. Koizumi set Nov. 9 as the date for the balloting. The order was issued after a morning Cabinet meeting, Japanese news services said. It will formally take effect after it is read to the lower chamber this afternoon.
April 27, 2001 | From Associated Press
After being elected Japan's prime minister, Junichiro Koizumi wasted no time Thursday surpassing expectations of change, installing a Cabinet that includes a record five women--all in key posts--and filling his roster with committed reformers. Makiko Tanaka led the list of women on Koizumi's team, given the crucial portfolio of foreign minister at a time of bumpy ties with the United States and Japan's Asian neighbors.
April 21, 2002 | From Associated Press
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid a surprise visit today to a controversial shrine devoted to Japan's war dead, a move that immediately triggered anger in neighboring South Korea. Koizumi wore a black tie and tails as he followed a Shinto priest through the cypress pillars of Yasukuni shrine, which honors some war criminals among the 2.5 million Japanese war dead.
April 27, 2002 | From Associated Press
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi marked one year in office Friday with a spirited defense of his record, telling a skeptical nation that his policies are fixing the economy after more than a decade of stagnation. Koizumi became prime minister after winning widespread public support by vowing to do away with politics as usual and revive the world's second-largest economy. For months he was seen as a refreshing force, and his public approval ratings exceeded 70% in media polls.
September 10, 2005
JAPAN'S LIBERAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY has governed the country for half a century almost without interruption; its current leader, Junichiro Koizumi, has been prime minister for more than four years, an unusually long time in Japan. Now Koizumi is risking his record and the party's tenure by dissolving Parliament and calling new elections, ostensibly over the obscure topic of post office savings accounts. It's a gamble he deserves to win.
September 21, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi easily won reelection Saturday as head of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party and is likely to parlay that victory into a second term at the helm of the world's second-largest economy. Saturday's vote opens the way for the 61-year-old leader to dissolve the lower house of parliament and call elections as early as November.
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