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About Junichiro Koizumi

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi Born in Yokosuka City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, on January 8, 1942

Member of the House of Representatives since 1972 (reelected in 10 consecutive elections)

Constituency: Kanagawa 11 (Yokosuka and Miura Cities)

1960 Graduated from Yokosuka High School

1967 Graduated from the Faculty of Economics, Keio University

1970 Secretary to Takeo Fukuda, Member of the House of Representatives

1972 Elected as Member of the House of Representatives (thereafter reelected in ten consecutive elections)

1979 Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Finance

1980 Chairman of Finance Committee, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)

1983 Deputy Secretary General, LDP

1986 Chairman, Committee on Finance, the House of Representatives

1987 Chief Deputy Chairman, Diet Affairs Committee, LDP

1988 Minister of Health and Welfare (Reshuffled Takeshita Cabinet)

1989 Minister of Health and Welfare (Uno Cabinet)
Chairman, National Organization Committee, LDP
Chairman, Research Commission on Fundamental Policies for Medical Care, LDP

1991 Chief Deputy Secretary-General, LDP

1992 Minister of Posts and Telecommunications (Reshuffled Miyazawa Cabinet)

1996 Minister of Health and Welfare (Second Hashimoto Cabinet)

1997 Minister of Health and Welfare (Second Reshuffled Hashimoto Cabinet)

Ran for President of LDP in 1995 and 1998

2001 President of LDP
Prime Minister

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Japan is an original member of the G8. Japan first hosted the G8 summit in Tokyo in 1979. They have hosted the summit a total of four times; Tokyo 1979, Tokyo 1986, Tokyo 1993, and Okinawa 2000. Japan will host the Summit again in 2008.

The Prime Minister of Japan is His Excellency Junichiro Koizumi. Prime Minister Koizumi was first elected in 2001.

Official Name: JapanJapan Flag

Area: 377,864 sq. km. (145,902 sq. mi.); slightly smaller than California.
Cities: Capital--Tokyo. Other cities--Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, Kobe, Kyoto, Fukuoka.
Terrain: Rugged, mountainous islands.
Climate: Varies from subtropical to temperate.

Nationality: Noun and adjective--Japanese.
Population (2003 est.): 127.2 million.
Population growth rate (2003 est.): 0.11%.
Ethnic groups: Japanese; Korean (0.6%).
Religions: Shinto and Buddhist; Christian (about 0.7%).
Language: Japanese.
Education: Literacy--99%.
Health (2003): Infant mortality rate--3.3/1,000. Life expectancy--males 77 yrs., females 84 yrs.
Work force (64 million, 2001): Services--23%; trade, manufacturing, mining, and construction--56%; agriculture, forestry, fisheries--6%; government--3%.

Type: Constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary government.
Constitution: May 3, 1947.
Branches: Executive--prime minister (head of government). Legislative--bicameral Diet (House of Representatives and House of Councillors). Judicial--civil law system based on the model of Roman law.
Administrative subdivisions: 47 prefectures.
Political parties: Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), New Clean Government Party (Komeito), Conservative New Party (CNP), Japan Communist Party (JCP), Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Suffrage: Universal at 20.

GDP (2002 est.): $3.55 trillion.
Real growth rate (2002 est.): -0.3%.
Per capita GDP (2002 est.): $28,000 Purchasing Power Parity Basis.
Natural resources: Negligible mineral resources, fish.
Agriculture: Products--rice, vegetables, fruit, milk, meat, silk.
Industry: Types--machinery and equipment, metals and metal products, textiles, autos, chemicals, electrical and electronic equipment.
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