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Thursday, February 07, 2002

Reinventing Japan Inc.- Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi was riding high in the polls until he fired foreign minister Makiko Tanaka;Koizumi's approval ratings have plummeted from the 70s to 49%. The popular and outspoken Tanaka, the daughter of former PM Kakuei, may have not been ready for prime time as a diplomat. However, she represents the reform-wing of the Liberal Democrats and could bring about a nasty split in the party. A greater reliance on the dinosaurs of the LDP may slow needed reforms.

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