Junichiro Koizumi

Prime Minister of Japan from 2001 to 2006

Junichiro Koizumi (born 8 January 1942) is the former Prime Minister of Japan. He stepped down in 2006.

Junichirō Koizumi
小泉 純一郎
Prime Minister of Japan
In office
26 April 2001 – 26 September 2006
Preceded byYoshirō Mori
Succeeded byShinzo Abe
President of the Liberal Democratic Party
In office
20 April 2001 – 26 September 2006
Preceded byYoshirō Mori
Succeeded byShinzo Abe
Minister of Health and Welfare
In office
7 November 1996 – 29 July 1998
Prime MinisterRyutaro Hashimoto
Preceded byNaoto Kan
Succeeded bySohei Miyashita
In office
27 December 1988 – 10 August 1989
Prime Minister
Preceded byTakao Fujimoto
Succeeded bySaburo Toida
Minister of Post and Telecommunications
In office
12 December 1992 – 20 July 1993
Prime MinisterKiichi Miyazawa
Preceded byHideo Watanabe
Succeeded byKiichi Miyazawa
Member of the House of Representatives
for Kanagawa 11th district
In office
20 October 1996 – 30 August 2009
Preceded byNew constituency
Succeeded byShinjirō Koizumi
Personal details
Born (1942-01-08) January 8, 1942 (age 82)
Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party
Kayoko Miyamoto
(m. 1978; div. 1982)
Alma mater

Early life change

Born in Yokosuka, Kanagawa on 8 January, 1942, Koizumi was taught at Yokosuka High School and Keio University, where he studied economics. He went to University College London before returning to Japan in August 1969 when his father died.

Yasukuni Shrine and Junichiro change

While he was prime minister of Japan, he made China and South Korea very angry by continuing to visit the Yasukuni Shrine. He was succeeded by Shinzo Abe.