Junichiro Koizumi

Six degrees

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Sunday, 6 March, 2011, 12:00am


Go to the Young Post website, choose 'Listening' from the menu and find the sound clips for this week's exercise. Each relates to a question below

Question 1

According to Ian Young, who has been defeated after ruling Japan since the end of the second world war?

a. The conservatives

b. The liberals

c. The Americans

10 Sep 2009 - 12:00am


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16 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Poisoned chalice

The ultimate accolade a national leader could receive in these troubled times is to be chosen by US President Barack Obama to be the first foreign dignitary to meet him at the White House. There is no other person in the world who at present commands such confidence and respect; the political cache from such a meeting is priceless.

20 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Hackers attack controversial shrine's website

Tokyo's Yasukuni Shrine, which honours Japan's war dead, including some Class A war criminals from the second world war, came under attack from hackers, with its pages altered to show a Chinese national flag, Japanese media reported yesterday.

26 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

End of the road for Aso and LDP?

How many more gaffes, as well as crass, idiotic, insulting and plain stupid remarks, can Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso make before even his friends tire of him and turf him out of office? Will his departure mean a loss of power for the Liberal Democratic Party that has governed since most people can remember?

13 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Much to discuss when Japan's new PM visits

China and Japan must continue improving their bilateral relationship for the sake of economic self-interest and regional stability. Recognition of this is implicit in the recent increase in top-level, face-to-face exchanges. It is important that such regular dialogue be maintained.

6 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Japan's political road to nowhere

BBC World News announced the bombshell within 25 minutes of it happening: Yasuo Fukuda had resigned. But then it struggled to understand why. Its Asia-Pacific online editor, clearly scratching her head, suggested that the Japanese prime minister had been hurt because millions of pension records had gone missing.

6 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Japan's likely next PM has ability to charm and revile

Should political veteran Taro Aso become Japan's next prime minister as expected, China and other regional powers will be dealing with a known quantity. But any sense of comfort is likely to end there.

3 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Face off

Advanced facial-recognition technology and online networking could help locate your look-alike or long-lost twin. Free social network iLookLikeYou.com enables members to upload their photos and match them with pictures submitted by others. Doppelgangers can be displayed by members on their profile page for others to marvel at.

13 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Hu's Japan trip lays blueprint for stable ties, says minister

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi has hailed President Hu Jintao's trip to Japan a complete success, saying it laid out a blueprint for the development of strategic and mutually beneficial Sino-Japanese relations.

12 May 2008 - 12:00am

Japan needs more of Koizumi's magic

I wish more people understood Japan better. I wish I understood Japan better. It's not that Japanese people are so utterly inscrutable: that's almost a racist proposition. And it's an essentially silly one.

6 May 2008 - 12:00am

Japan should reflect on historical mistakes: Fukuda

We have to face the past with courage, says visiting PM

Japan should reflect on its mistakes and face the past with courage and wisdom, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said yesterday in a conciliatory gesture rarely made by his predecessors.

29 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

The report, 'New PM to boost ties with China, analysts say', on the front page yesterday should have said relations between China and Japan had soured, not soared, under Junichiro Koizumi. The error was introduced in the editing process.

25 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Japan's pronounced leadership gap

Japan is of gigantic importance to the US and to the rest of the world. The nation of 127 million people has developed into the world's second-largest economy. Its engineering skill has become legendary. Its national literacy level is exemplary. It has had astonishing achievements in the arts, design and electronics.

18 Sep 2007 - 12:00am