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Junichiro Koizumi (小泉 純一郎) (1942–) is Japan's former prime minister (26 April 2001 – 26 September 2006), a right-wing populist and a Japanese nationalist. He is considered to have been the politician who has turned elitist Japanese politics into populist and nationalist tendencies.
Diplomatically, Koizumi maintained a very pro-U.S. and neoconservative line similar to Tony Blair. He actively supported George Bush's War on Terror. He was also active in sending the Self-Defense Forces to Iraq and other foreign countries.
Koizumi is regarded as a politician who fundamentally changed the LDP. The LDP was a very elitist party, but its right-wing populist nature grew after Koizumi.
He turned the party's inclination toward nationalistic populism, which in turn resulted in a far-right nationalist politician Shinzō Abe and Yoshihide Suga becoming prime minister, who created the current political situation in Japan that dominated the LDP.