A New Look

That the most notable characteristic of Japan's new Prime Minister is his hairstyle might not sound like encouraging news. But in a country of cookie-cutter Bryl-Creemed coiffures, the Koizumi perm is downright revolutionary. His ample gray locks cascade high above his head and swirl in waves down the back of his neck, brushing over his shirt collar. The rakish look of the tall, angular 59-year-old bachelor enhances his image as an iconoclast, a Don Quixote-style politician tilting at the windmills of Japan's crusty political establishment. And many Japanese like what they see. "If we don't change the politics, we cannot go...

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