Japan seeks pardon for ex-U.S. soldier

TOKYO, May 16 (UPI) -- A pardon is being sought for a former American soldier living in North Korea who is married to a Japanese woman who was abducted by North Koreans.

Japan may ban N.Korea ships from ports

ASAHIKAWA, Japan, May 16 (UPI) -- Japan's Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Shinzo Abe said a bill banning North Korean ships might be scrapped if there's progress on abductees.

U.S. supports Japan's N. Korean efforts

WASHINGTON, May 15 (UPI) -- The United States says it's supporting Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi decision to visit North Korea later this month.

Japan's PM to visit North Korea

TOKYO, May 15 (UPI) -- Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will visit North Korea next week to try to secure the release of eight family members of five repatriated abductees.

Pension scandal rattling Koizumi

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi admitted Friday that he is guilty of failing to personally pay up mandatory contributions to the national pension plan
SHIHOKO GOTO, UPI Senior Business Correspondent

Koizumi to revisit North Korea

TOKYO, May 14 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is set to visit North Korea as early as next week, the semi-official NHK TV reported Friday.

Japan's PM wants to visit North Korea

TOKYO, May 10 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi plans to visit North Korea to help relatives of five former abductees return to Japan.

N. Korea offered abductees' kin return

TOKYO, May 9 (UPI) -- North Korea reportedly asked Japan several times in March and April for Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to visit and pick up relatives of Japanese abductees.

Japanese PM may visit N. Korea

TOKYO, May 9 (UPI) -- Japanese and North Korean officials Sunday were considering whether Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi would visit Pyongyang.

Japanese troops to relieve current group

TOKYO, May 8 (UPI) -- A Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force contingent left Japan Saturday for Iraq as the first batch of troops to relieve those already deployed in Iraq.

Japanese cabinet chief resigns in scandal

TOKYO, May 7 (UPI) -- Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda resigned from office Friday for failing to make his mandatory national pension payments.

South Korea on high alert

SEOUL, May 5 (UPI) -- The South Korean government was on high alert Wednesday, as a Japanese ultra rightist group was headed for the South Korean islets of Tokto.

Putin postpones Japan summit visit

MOSCOW, May 3 (UPI) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has postponed a visit to Japan because of a border dispute involving several small islands, Kyodo News reports.

Koizumi still strong after 3 years

TOKYO, April 26 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi celebrated his third anniversary in office Monday with three by-election victories and strong popular support.

Nations agree to monitor environment

TOKYO, April 26 (UPI) -- Forty countries have agreed at the Earth Observation Summit in Tokyo on a 10-year plan to monitor and address environmental concerns.
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Junichiro Koizumi
The Prime Minister of Japan Junichiro Koizumi speaks during his arrival ceremony at the White House in Washington on June 29, 2006. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)..

Junichiro Koizumi (小泉 純一郎, Koizumi Jun'ichirō?, born January 8, 1942) is a Japanese politician who served as Prime Minister of Japan from 2001 to 2006. He retired from politics when his term in parliament ended.

Widely seen as a maverick leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), he became known as an economic reformer, focusing on Japan's government debt and the privatization of its postal service. In 2005, Koizumi led the LDP to win one of the largest parliamentary majorities in modern Japanese history.

Koizumi also attracted international attention through his deployment of the Japan Self-Defense Forces to Iraq, the first foreign deployment of the Japanese military since World War II. His visits to Yasukuni Shrine led to diplomatic tensions with neighboring China and South Korea.

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