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PacNet #40A – Koizumi’s Reelection and Its Implications For U.S.-Japan Relations

On September 22, the third Koizumi Cabinet was established. On the same day, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) witnessed the birth of a new party leadership. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, reelected to head the LDP for the second term with a handsome majority, is now well positioned to face a general election (expected to be held on November 9) with a renewed mandate.