Koizumi's Second Act

It's 4:15 p.m. as Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi approaches the podium, about to begin the most important chapter of his career. He's here before a crowd of 5,000 in Tokyo's Shinjuku district to kick off his campaign for re-election as the president of Japan's dominant Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), and thus retain his position as Prime Minister. The stakes are high, not just for Japan but for Koizumi's reputation. He needs another term, one more successful than his first, if he is to be remembered, as he desperately desires, as the reformer who set Japan back on...

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