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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 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 17, 2006 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
"Junichiro Koizumi here." For five years, that simple salutation has greeted subscribers to the "Koizumi Cabinet E-Mail Magazine," an experiment in digital politics that saw the prime minister of Japan knocking on 1.6 million inboxes every Thursday morning. Scrawled by Koizumi himself, and typed into a computer by his staff, the e-mails let everyone know what he'd been up to and what was on his mind. They also offered plenty of unsolicited advice on how people might improve their lives.
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.
While studying at the London School of Economics in 1969, Junichiro Koizumi received a telegram that his lawmaker father had died of lung cancer. Returning to Tokyo, he found a simple handwritten message from his dad: "Junichiro Koizumi, be victorious." Koizumi was elected today as prime minister of Japan. With his ascendancy, the dark horse 59-year-old reformer will far exceed his father's expectations--and those of most Japanese as recently as a week ago.
May 15, 2004 | Barbara Demick, Times Staff Writer
In a sign that isolated North Korea is trying to mend fences with its neighbors, leader Kim Jong Il has agreed to a summit next week with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, officials in Tokyo announced Friday. The most pressing matter to be discussed at the one-day meeting in Pyongyang on May 22 is North Korea's abduction of Japanese citizens during the 1960s and '70s.
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi pledged today to reduce the country's debt by financing all spending except debt repayment without additional borrowing. In his first policy speech since being elected prime minister, Koizumi said the government will rely on taxes and other revenue to pay for programs, rejecting borrow-and-spend policies that have failed to pull the economy out of a decade-long slump.
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi came to China on Monday to allay fears over his country's military involvement in the war on terrorism and to assuage lasting Chinese anger over Tokyo's military aggression during World War II. Koizumi spent just six hours in the Chinese capital meeting with President Jiang Zemin and Premier Zhu Rongji, whose government has cautioned Tokyo to be "prudent" in giving any military backing to the U.S.-led strike on Afghanistan.
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