October 31, 2002
This is probably the most important week in the tenure of Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro. Three events – elections, the unveiling of his economic plan and the beginning of normalization talks with North Korea – test his commitment to bringing about real change in Japan. Yet while this week may mark the historical turning point for the Koizumi administration, it will have no immediate impact on the prime minister. There is still no credible opposition to Koizumi or his government.