Koizumi can't destroy the LDP, but he made voters think about it
Under Koizumi's leadership, the diplomatic emphasis on the United States has intensified, and the Japan-U.S. alliance is stronger than at any time in the past. However, dealings with Asian nations have been lacking in prudence, leading to anti-Japanese sentiment at the public level in many of those nations.
The past four years have shown the limits on two aspects of Japanese politics-an LDP that is incapable of responding to the changing times, and a Koizumi who is incapable of truly destroying the LDP.
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