Junichiro Koizumi

Koizumi’s shrine visits cast pall over his legacy – Howard W. French

From The International Herald Tribune, via A Glimpse of the World blog: Junichiro Koizumi has gotten one thing supremely right throughout his long tenure as prime minister of Japan. Tragedy, to paraphrase him, inevitably follows periods of isolation. Koizumi has expended great energy dragging Japan out of its predisposition to aloofness, pushing for a greater […]

China cancels Japan FM visit, cites “serious situation”

From The Bangkok Post: China has cancelled a planned visit by Japan’s foreign minister amid the “serious situation” in bilateral ties, Beijing said Tuesday following Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s latest visit to a controversial war shrine. “Because China-Japan relations are in a serious situation, we are not in a position to receive this visit,” […]

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