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Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

How will people remember the Koizumi era?


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Masayoshi Nasu
Restaurant staff, 30
Koizumi should have behaved better. He's been gossiped about a lot, for example, over Yasukuni Shrine. He did get young Japanese people more interested in politics though.

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Hiromi Narita
Student, 19
When I think of Koizumi, I think of the time he said "Men become weak when women cry." It was a bit sexist. But I think Koizumi did more good things for our country than bad.

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Emily Daingerfield
Illustrator, 21
I remember seeing Bush and Koizumi shaking hands and laughing. That was upsetting because I think Japanese youths accept it without really knowing much about Bush or American politics.

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Kenji Hayashi
Office worker, 34
I have no fond memories of Koizumi and I don't think he did anything good for Japan. My strongest memory of him is how he worsened Japan's relationship with the rest of Asia over Yasukuni Shrine.

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Noriko Katagiri
Housewife, 31
Koizumi could communicate well with other world leaders. I think that's one of the best things about him, though he didn't listen to Japanese people's concerns enough, like over the post office.

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Don Dotto
Teacher, 34
The biggest memory I have is of him acting like a goof and acting like Elvis with Bush on his farewell tour. He decided to have one last fling with Bush and dropped his role as leader for a minute.

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Naoko Nakamura
Housewife, 34
I'll remember Koizumi for getting young people more interested in politics, but a strong negative memory will be his sending Japanese troops to Iraq. I don't think it was a just war.



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