I wonder what this means. We would like to deal with it in a level-headed mannerJapan criticizes China sea traffic ban Apr 17, 2006
It is not a matter for the government to say somethingJapan opposition leader hits shrine visits Apr 10, 2006
I am a person who insists on the importance of the amicable relationship between Japan and South Korea. I want (South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun) to look at Japan's path during the 60 years since the end of World War IIKoizumi rebuts Roh's remarks Mar 01, 2006
Apart from China and South Korea, no other countries in Asia have spoken ill of my shrine visitsKoizumi: China, S.Korea overreacting Jan 25, 2006
There is no urgent necessity to revise the basic principle of the imperial succession right nowJapan's Shintoists oppose female monarch Jan 20, 2006
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.