chapter  5
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Legacies of the Koizumi administration

In conclusion, I would like to consider what stamp the Koizumi administration left on Japanese politics. This book has relied on the keywords ‘strong prime minister’ and ‘prime minister of pathos’ as terms that seem to me to capture its essence. The Koizumi administration had its peculiar strengths and shortcomings in regard to both of these aspects. As I seek to tally them up here, I also want to offer my views on the likely form that Japanese politics will take in the future.