- Category : Politics-Heads-of-state
- Type : GP
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Split - Large
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Penetration 4
Japanese politician, elected Prime Minister on 4/24/2001, the 11th Japanese P.M. in 11 years. An iconoclastic reformer elected by the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Koizumi faces crises in every direction, politically, economically and historically, facing factions of dissent. A representative of "new" Japan, he is divorced, outspoken and has been called "a weirdo" for promoting the unpopular idea in the mid-‘90s of privatizing the profitable banking duties of the Post office.
Growing up in the port city, Koizumi is a third-generation politician as his father and grandfather occupied cabinet posts. His father, Junya, served as Defense Agency chief in the Cabinet of Hayato Ikeda during the '60s. He worked on election campaigns during college before continuing his education in London. He returned to Japan in a year when his dad died of cancer. He worked as a secretary for former Prime Minister Takeo Fukuda and carried out a number of odd jobs before winning election to the Diet in 1972. In 1988, he was the Minister of Health & Welfare and in 1992, the Minister of Posts & Telecommunications.
Koizumi is said to be basically shy about flaunting his talents and is a cultured man who enjoys opera and Kabuki. He married a woman 14 years younger; they had two children but separated after four years. He raised his sons, now grown at ages 22 and 20. His wife had conceived their third child when they divorced in 1982 before the birth of the baby and he has never met this son. The emotional price of divorce was so difficult to him that he swore he would never remarry.
He stepped into a more dangerous arena than politics when he described the three types of women: "those who do not understand even when you tell them something; those who do understand when you tell them something; and those who understand without needing to be told." He continued, "And the best type is the one who can understand what you want without you having to tell them."
Koizumi has a reliable male secretary who has remained with him through some 30 years. His ability to deliver highly intelligent speeches without any notes is remarkable.