Saturday, 27 September 2008
Former Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi announces retirement
September 27, 2008
TOKYO — Former Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, known for his flamboyant style and love of Elvis Presley, says he's retiring from politics.
The 66-year-old was Japan's third-longest-serving post-Second World War leader.
He told his supporters Saturday that he would give up his parliamentary seat in the next elections, which could take place as early as November.
Kyodo news agency reported that Koizumi's 27-year-old second son, Shinjiro, would run for the seat from his father's constituency in the next elections.
During his five years in office from 2001 to 2006, Koizumi enjoyed stellar public support and took major policy steps.