Getting Personal With the New Prime Minister

During his campaign to win over Liberal Democratic Party members before he succeeded in becoming Prime Minister last week, Junichiro Koizumi spoke with TIME Tokyo bureau chief Tim Larimer and reporter Sachiko Sakamaki. A fuller text can be found online at timeasia.com. Excerpts:

TIME: Some personal questions. What is the last book you've read?
Koizumi:
Revenge, a historical novel about revenge killings (among samurai), by Akira Yoshimura.

TIME: What's the best film you've seen in the last year?
Koizumi:
The Hurricane. Denzel Washington. And The Legend of Bagger Vance. Matt...

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