October 31, 2005

SINOPHOBIC IS GOOD, BUT NOT ENOUGH:

Japan reshuffle hints at next PM (BBC, 10/31/05)

Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has named leading conservative Shinzo Abe as chief government spokesman in a cabinet reshuffle.

The appointment means Mr Abe is well placed to succeed Mr Koizumi if he steps down as party leader next September, which he has pledged to do.

The important foreign affairs portfolio has been given to another conservative, former Home Affairs Minister Taro Aso. [...]

A grandson of former Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, he is best known for taking a tough line on North Korea over its abductions of Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 80s.

Mr Abe has also supported Mr Koizumi's visits to the controversial Yasukuni war shrine, seen by China and South Korea as a symbol of Japan's World War II militarism.

New Foreign Minister Taro Aso, 65, has also visited the shrine, and his appointment is unlikely to please China.


But will they continue Mr. Koizumi's Third Way reforms?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 31, 2005 6:29 AM
Comments

Why did Koizumi pledge to retire before his work is finished?

Posted by: tefta at October 31, 2005 7:42 AM

tefta:

He's a conservative and two terms is tradition. He's Washington, not FDR.

Posted by: oj at October 31, 2005 7:46 AM

The term is based on LDP party statutes.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at October 31, 2005 10:37 AM
« SUPREME COURT CONTEST III: | Main | IT'S A START: »