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Why Koizumi's 'It's Now or Never' shtick fell flat

20 years on, the economy the former PM envisioned has left the building

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Junichiro Koizumi, left, and Shinzo Abe, pictured in July, 2004: Koizumi's biggest mistake may be his choice of successors.   © Getty Images

William Pesek is an award-winning Tokyo-based journalist and author of "Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan's Lost Decades."

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