Betraying all expectations, Japanese political developments in 2004 show Prime Minister Koizumi's true colors as a reformist leader, willing to use his popularity and an empowered cabinet against the entrenched vested interests of the Liberal Democratic Party while compelling the opposition parties either to converge to his position or become marginalized.
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Nobuhiro Hiwatari; Japan in 2004: ““Courageous”” Koizumi Carries On. Asian Survey 1 February 2005; 45 (1): 41–53. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2005.45.1.41
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