Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi steps down

"Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi (R) receives a bouquet of flowers from a staff member of his official residence as he leaves his office in Tokyo September 26, 2006". (Mainichi)

Shinzo Abe has been elected to replace Koizumi.

More on the departing prime minister here!

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At Sep 26, 2006, 12:57:00 AM, Blogger Pocky said...

Kami, any perpsective from Japan you can share with us? Thanks

At Sep 27, 2006, 7:52:00 PM, Anonymous Kamisori said...

Oh... I personally REALLY Liked Koizumi... Many people have their own opinions ofcourse, but personally I think he always looked calm and in control.
It's important for a people to see their political leader like that.
If the leaders looks worried, angry, very emotional... the people will be the same.
A little controversial at times... but it's good to "shake" things up a bit here and there... Plus he's a fan of "X" ... so he can't be all that bad :P

Heh... Did you guys see while back (June 30 2006) when Koizumi was given a tour of Graceland with Bush?
To pay homage for the "King", Koizumi said "Thank you for 'Loving me Tender'." or something to that effect... Unfortunately Bush kinda ruined it by saying "Don't be Cruel" or something to that effect.

At Sep 28, 2006, 1:36:00 AM, Blogger Pocky said...

oh yesh! I saw that clip on the tele!

At Sep 28, 2006, 2:32:00 AM, Anonymous Kamisori said...

Some people are upset because Abe is said to me a Koizumi clone... possibly worse... Koizumi helped the economy, but his dealings with the military are a cause for concern... I enjoy being a pacifist personally... I'd like to stay that way... Perhaps if we didn't start beefing up the military, North Korea wouldn't have given us a little firework show...

Although I personally think he might've done that to strengthen ties with the USA... I could go on and on... But I don't many would understand what I'd be getting at.

But ya... either way... I'm a Koizumi fan :P


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