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PacNet #31 – Preparing for the post-Koizumi-era: the pieces are in place

The “Sayonara Summit” went very well – as expected. Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro’s last visit to the U.S. as prime minister – a “summit-cum-road trip” with a 19-gun salute and visit to Graceland – set a new standard for intimacy on the diplomatic circuit. It was a fitting farewell to a remarkable five years in U.S.-Japan relations and a well-earned reward for Koizumi.