Koizumi arrin një fitore të pastër në zgjedhje
Fitorja bindëse e partisë në pushtet në Japoni, Partia Liberal Demokrate, në zgjedhjet e përgjishme të së dielës, përbën një mbështetje të fortë për kryeministrin Junichiro Koizumi dhe reformat e tij ekonomike në vend. Jill McGivering njofton:
Sunday's election was fought on domestic issues. Most voters were accepting or rejecting landmark economic reforms, like plans to privatise the postal system. But the consequences of this decisive victory will be far-reaching. Mr Koizumi now has a degree of political security rare in Japan, where power is usually diluted by the check and balance of rival factions and coalition politics.
He's also fulfilled his promise to broaden the public appeal of the LDP. Although it's been in power almost constantly for decades, its old fashioned image as male, elderly and out of touch with modern Japan alienated many young voters. Mr Koizumi, himself charismatic and popular, has introduced younger, more colourful candidates. Japan now has more female members of the Lower House than ever before.
But Mr Koizumi's continuing rise is likely to cause concern amongst Japan's neighbours. Many in China and South Korea see him as a hawkish nationalist, insensitive to the pain caused by Japan's military history and eager to see Japan expand its role on the world stage.
landmark economic reforms
where power is usually diluted by the check and balance of rival factions and coalition politics
fulfilled his promise
broaden the public appeal
out of touch
a hawkish nationalist