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Tuesday, May 25, 2004

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

Was Prime Minister Koizumi's trip to North Korea an opportunistic move?


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Michio Tajima
Accountant, 32
I'm not totally satisfied with what he's done. The pension scandal could be one of the reasons he decided to go, but even so, it's a good thing that he went.

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Peter Oxley
Photographer, 50
I think Mr. Koizumi is doing his best and we shouldn't be cynical about it. I think he went there in good faith and advanced the process.

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Yasuharu Fujiwara
Music distributor, 36
The abductees' families have been pushing the government for a long time. The pension scandal may be one reason he went. He needs an image boost right now.

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Syra Mori
Translator, 33
I can see that there's that aspect to it, but I hope that's not the entire reason for his trip to North Korea. I think it's just good timing for him.

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Tae Shoji
English teacher, 25
The Korea issue has been really problematic for the last 5 years. He should have gone much earlier, but he's desperate to look good right now.

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Koichi Terashima
Accountant, 45
He was trying to bring back abductees and help solve diplomatic trouble between Japan and North Korea. I think the timing is coincidence.



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