Talking About Japan
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Japanese Politics

Like religion, Japanese people seldom talk about politics with new acquaintances, yet in the West people often are very curious about Japanese politics.

People love to learn about how politics work in Japan and what Japanese people think about world affairs.

How would you say (Jimin-to) in English?
... (komeito)?

What is the job title for Junichiro Koizumi
and his friend George Bush?

Koizumi's favorite band X Japan *

Foreign Policy via Wikipedia
Koizumi's most noted foreign policy achievement among Japanese commentators is his close relationship with the United States and cooperation in the U.S.-led mission in Iraq. Koizumi approved the expansion of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) and in October 2001 they were given greater scope to operate outside of the country. Some of these troops were dispatched to Iraq to fulfill non-combat roles.
Among other Asian commentators, Koizumi is most noted for his controversial visits to the Yasukuni Shrine, starting on August 13, 2001. He has visited the shrine four times, most recently on October 16, 2005. Because the shrine also honours Japanese war criminals, these visits have drawn strong condemnation and protests from Japan's neighbors, mainly the People's Republic of China, North and South Korea, who still hold bitter memories of Japanese occupation. Koizumi claims that he visits the shrine as a private citizen and does not do so in endorsement of any political stance other than respecting the war dead. His father built an airfield in Kagoshima, which was used for kamikaze missions during 1944–5, and a cousin died on such a mission, which partly explains his keenness to visit the shrine.

On August 15, 2005, the sixtieth anniversary of the end of World War II, Koizumi publicly stated that Japan was deeply saddened by the suffering it caused during World War II; an earlier apology was made by Prime Minister Tomiichi Murayama. However, Koizumi has been criticised for actions that run contrary to apology, by continually defending and repeating his shrine visits, resulting in ever worsening relations with both Koreas and China, and the cancellation of important bilateral meetings in late 2005. His party also cancelled plans for the building of a neutral, non-militaristic shrine that might have stemmed criticisms.
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