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.

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, April 25, the 116th day of 2004 with 250 to follow.
By United Press International

Japan to keep troops in Iraq

TOKYO, April 20 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Tuesday Japan will keep ita 550 Self-Defense Forces in Iraq.

U.S. cites N. Korean abductions in report

TOKYO, April 20 (UPI) -- The United States reportedly plans to mention for the first time North Korea's kidnapping of 13 Japanese citizens in its annual report on global terrorism.

Japanese PM declines comment on Spain

TOKYO, April 19 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi declined to comment Monday on Spain's pullout of troops from Iraq.

Two ex-hostages want to go back to Iraq

TOKYO, April 17 (UPI) -- Two Japanese hostages recently released in Iraq want to go back to continue their activities and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi can't believe it.

3 freed hostages leave Iraq

TOKYO, April 17 (UPI) -- Three Japanese hostages freed in Iraq have been flown to Dubai, but there is no word on two other Japanese believed abducted, officials say.

Iraqis reportedly kidnap 2 Japanese

BAGHDAD, April 14 (UPI) -- Two more Japanese nationals may have been kidnapped in Iraq.

Cheney assures help for Japanese hostages

TOKYO, April 12 (UPI) -- Vice President Dick Cheney Monday assured Japan the United States would make every effort to secure the release of three of its hostages in Iraq.

The Bear's Lair: The future that works

WASHINGTON, April 12 (UPI) -- "I have seen the future, and it works" wrote Lincoln Steffens, fatuously, after his visit to the newly Soviet Russia. Today, if you want to see the future working you should look at Japan, which demographically and in terms of the business cycle is where

Vice President Cheney in Japan for talks

TOKYO, April 10 (UPI) -- Vice President Dick Cheney arrived Saturday in Japan for talks with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi that are expected to focus on Iraq and North Korea.

Japan refuses to give in to kidnappers

TOKYO, April 9 (UPI) -- Tokyo vowed Friday not to give in to kidnappers threatening to kill three abducted Japanese citizens if Japan's soldiers do not leave Iraq.

Japan celebrates 150 years of U.S. ties

YOKOHAMA, Japan, April 3 (UPI) -- Japanese leaders gathered in Yokohama Saturday to celebrate their nation's alliance with the United States and reaffirm future solidarity.

PM credits economy for Japan's stock rise

TOKYO, March 31 (UPI) -- Japan's prime minister Wednesday credited the economic recovery for the big jump in the stock market index on the last trading day of the fiscal year.

Japan backs UN return to Iraq

TOKYO, March 30 (UPI) -- Japan's prime minister met Tuesday with U.N. General Assembly President Julian Hunte in Toyko and agreed the United Nations should return to Iraq.
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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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