I can't help noticing that Shinzo Abe, the nation's new PM, is no Junichiro Koizumi
The abduction issue threw Abe into the national spotlight in 2002 when he, as deputy chief Cabinet secretary for then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
, took charge of negotiations with North Korea and showed a tough and uncompromising stance toward Pyongyang, which admitted that year that it had taken 13 Japanese although Tokyo believes many more have been abducted and are still alive in the North.
By the next day, the controversy apparently was the talk of Japan, with prime minister Junichiro Koizumi
- does he outrank Oh?
11 vote by the lower house of Japan's Diet to privatize segments of the Japan Post--including its Kampo life insurance unit--Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
soon may be able to declare victory in what long has been his top legislative battle.
During our visit, the media reported at length about large anti-Japanese demonstrations in Shanghai and Beijing, resulting from periodic visits of Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine, which commemorates Japan's war dead, including 14 war criminals.
The action prompted Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
to follow through on a threat to call snap elections that could shake the ruling party's grip on power.
Even if Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
is able to raise that to 3 percent by 2006, as he has promised President Bush, it would pale when compared with the United States' 22 percent and the European Union's 34 percent.
Gere, 55, was grabbed by Junichiro Koizumi
for a ballroom dance session in Tokyo yesterday.
The Shall We Dance star waltzed with Junichiro Koizumi
in his Tokyo office.
Prime Minster Junichiro Koizumi
complained, "How can ordinary people understand if I don't understand?
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
is said to be considering, as is Russian President Vladimir Putin, who may be there to celebrate Russia's anticipated ratification of the Kyoto Protocol.
Just as investors and analysts were beginning to write off Japan for good, Junichiro Koizumi
galloped onto the political scene.