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Youthful looking and handsome, Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is being hailed as a leader who can revitalize a country in decline even though he's a veteran of the same Liberal Democratic Party that's blamed for causing his country's problems. Is he a reformer or a representative of the failed old guard dressed up in new clothes? We explore Japan's decline, it's relationship with Asia and the US, and whether its trendy-looking prime minister can restore the nation's luster. We're joined by journalists, academics, authors, researchers, and international consultants.
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Asahi Shimbun (English)

Japan Policy Research Institute

New York Aquarium

New York Times

Pacific Basin Institute

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