Come September, Koizumi, one of the longest governing Japanese Prime Ministers, will step down. What legacy does he leave for his successor?
By this September, Junichiro Koizumi will have been the Premier of Japan for five years, making him one of the longest governing Japanese Prime Ministers since Nakasone Yasuhiro. Koizumi has gained a reputation as a reformer both domestically, where he has liberalized the economy, and on the world stage, where he has advanced the normalization of Japan’s foreign and security policy by deploying Japanese Self- Defence Forces (SDF) abroad, without a UN mandate, for the first
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