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Shinjiro Koizumi handed responsibility for contaminated water at Japan’s Fukushima plant
The son of Japan’s former prime minister is challenging notions of youth and maturity
Japan’s most popular PM on Elvis Presley, nuclear power — and why he doesn’t regret his support for the Iraq invasion
Shift of power towards prime minister’s office leaves officials floundering
Three-way stock listing is biggest privatisation in country for more than 30 years
To some, the goal is to dig Japan out of deflation, to others structural reforms are key
Relations are at a 40 year low but, with the leaders set to meet, can they do anything to ease tensions?
Move by Shinzo Abe angers China and South Korea
Positive leadership and the prospect of the Olympics returning to Tokyo are boosting confidence
Love him or loathe him, Abe is someone with whom his foreign counterparts can do business
Little sign of economic boost after U-turn on post reforms
Japan is divided over politics and economics, energy and tax policy
Kim Jong-il used fear and a personality cult to control the nation