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PacNet #36A – Koizumi’s gamble and its impact on the U.S.-Japan alliance

As many predicted, Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro dissolved Japan’s House of Representatives after the House of Councillors defeated the postal reform bill by 17 votes. A general election is now scheduled for Sept. 11. While it is risky to predict the outcome of the vote, the dissolution of the Lower House has profound implications for Japanese politics and for the U.S.-Japan alliance.