Koizumi Junichiro was quite possibly the most successful Prime Minister Japan has had for decades (and certainly the best dressed). This week, we’ll trace the rise of his career, his goals while in power, and the impact of his reforms on a Japanese state sometimes thought to be irreformable.
Listen to the episode here.
A retrospective on Koizumi’s time in offiice by The Economist.
An NYT bio of Koizumi from the time of his selection as Prime Minister.
A bio by Time Magazine from the same period.
(Since he’s still alive, most of what’s available on Koizumi is from the tradition of political theory rather than history, and that’s a bit outside our purview).
A list of apologies made by Japan for behavior during the Second World War (yes it’s a link to Wikipedia, but no one else has aggregated them that I can find and they’re all sourced).
Episode one of Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku, should you be so inclined.