Thursday, September 21, 2006
Since 2001, Junichiro Koizumi has been a strong prime minister for Japan, when the Japanese direly needed a strong leader. He's also been a steadfast American ally. He started Japan on the long road of economic reforms and the even longer road of modernizing Japan's national security stance to reflect current realities. Hopefully his replacement, Shintaro Abe, will be able to continue the work that Koizumi has started. Regardless, Koizumi's presence will be missed.