Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro stepped down in September 2006 after a five-year term in which he reshaped Japanese politics by undermining his own party's political machine, stretched the constraints on Japan's military role, and promoted a program of ““structural”” economic reform. In his final year in office, he confronted a backlash against his economic reform program and presided over a chill in relations with China and South Korea. Abe Shinzo replaced Koizumi, pledging to repair relations with Japan's neighbors and to promote a pro-growth economic strategy.
Research Article| February 01 2007
Japan in 2006: A Political Transition
Asian Survey (2007) 47 (1): 22–31.
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Gene Park, Steven Vogel; Japan in 2006: A Political Transition. Asian Survey 1 February 2007; 47 (1): 22–31. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2007.47.1.22
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