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21 September 2006 @ 05:00 pm
final email magazine fm Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi  
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Koizumi Cabinet E-mail Magazine No. 250 (September 21, 2006)
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[Lion Heart -- Message from Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi]
(Provisional Translation)

Many thanks for the past five years

Junichiro Koizumi here.

This will be the last issue of the Koizumi Cabinet E-mail Magazine,
of which we launched the Japanese version in June five years ago
and the English version in March two years ago.

Ever since my inauguration, I have spent every day thinking about
how I can discharge my responsibilities as Prime Minister and have
devoted myself wholeheartedly to my job while keeping close to
heart the Chinese philosopher Mencius' words:

"When about to place a great responsibility on a person, heaven may
test one with hardship and frustrated efforts in order to toughen
one's nature and shore up deficiencies."

Although holding discussions, asking for advice, and utilizing the
knowledge and wisdom of experts are all essential, in the end vital
decisions have to be made on our own. There will be times when we
have to disregard our friendship or personal preferences and become
hardhearted.

I have worked hard to the best of my abilities for the past five
years as a public figure, always preparing myself to be able to
promptly respond to any situation at all times.

Over the years, I have received both strict criticism and warm
encouragement from many people of Japan including the readers of
this e-mail magazine. I cannot tell you enough how much your words
have encouraged me.

In my policy speech immediately after my appointment as Prime
Minister, I stated, "The top priority that I must address is to
rebuild our economy and reconstruct our society as one full of
pride and confidence. Moreover, Japan must fulfill a constructive
role as a member of the global community."

Thanks to the efforts of people in the private sector and across
the nation to advance reforms while enduring their pain, the
Japanese economy has moved back onto the recovery track, and people
are regaining their confidence. With the Japan-US alliance and
international coordination as the basis of foreign policy, the
Government of Japan has endeavored to achieve peace and stability
of the world as a responsible member of the international community.

It is precisely because I had the support and cooperation of many
people that an ordinary person like myself was able to come this
far.

There is a saying that goes, "People with virtue lack talent, while
those with talent lack virtue." I believe myself to be a timid,
plain, common sense individual.

I have given my all with a feeling that something is always
protecting me and that luck is on my side.

Yesterday, Mr. Shinzo Abe was elected as the new president of the
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). He was the first chief editor of
this e-mail magazine. He has also served as the Deputy Chief
Cabinet Secretary and the Chief Cabinet Secretary of the Koizumi
Cabinet, as well as the Secretary-General and the Acting Secretary-
General of the LDP. As such Mr. Abe is a trusted friend who has
long been supportive of the reforms that I have advanced.

The new prime minister of Japan is scheduled to be elected on
September 26. After leaving my office, I would like to assist the
new prime minister as a Diet member while maintaining a low profile.

I have expressed my current sentiments in the tanka poem below:

"Many thanks to you all
For all your support
Many thanks to you all
For all your encouragement and cooperation
Words of thanks are not enough to express my gratitude"

To conclude I would like to express my deepest appreciation to the
readers of this e-mail magazine and to the people of Japan for all
your support and assistance over the past five years.


* Profile of the Prime Minister
http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/koizumiprofile/index_e.html

* The title of this column "Lion Heart" is a reference to the
Prime Minister's lion-like hairstyle and his unbending
determination to advance structural reform.

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[What's up around the Prime Minister]

- Japan-Nigeria Summit Meeting (September 14, 2006)
http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/koizumiphoto/2006/09/14nigeria_e.html
Prime Minister Koizumi held a meeting with Olusegun Obasanjo,
the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

- Prime Minister Observes the Japan Patent Office
(September 14, 2006)
http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/koizumiphoto/2006/09/14tokkyo_e.html
Prime Minister Koizumi experienced a patented technology that
enables people to practice musical instruments by muting the
sound and demonstrated his performance of the violin.

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