Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's new style of Japanese politics had readers wondering if his approach was more surface than substance, and if his attempts at reform have taken root and can flourish

Although Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi maximized his abilities as an agent of transformation, he fell short of fulfilling his original policy pledges [July 3]. Without a solid ideological foundation, he lacked a grand design to lead Japan. I hope that his successor will be more of a builder than a reformer and will earn Japan respect not only from the U.S. but also from...

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