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Major Foreign Policy Issues From 2004 To

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Trust and friendship between Koizumi and Bush counted, but it was not just their personal chemistry. The Two Plus Two meeting between the ministers of foreign affairs and defence produced successive important outcomes. In contrast to the success of his U.S. policy, Koizumis Asian policy was a failure in general. Relations between Japan and Korea were perhaps the brightest in Asia in the early years under Koizumi. The collision between Makiko Tanaka and Muneo Suzuki led to Tanakas resignation in February 2002, as well as to Suzukis arrest for scandals in June of the same year. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), the ruling party since 1955, saw its power interrupted for 10 months in 19931994, but the defeat it suffered this time is generally perceived as a real system change in Japan. With that perception, Yukio Hatoyama assumed the position of prime minister on 16 September.

Keywords: foreign policy issues; Koizumi Era; Liberal Democratic Party (LDP); Yukio Hatoyama



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