Koizumi urged to raise spending and change cabinet

JAPAN - Senior members of Junichiro Koizumi's Liberal Democratic party, emboldened by signs of further erosion in his public popularity, Sunday urged the Japanese prime minister to ditch fiscal restraint and to change cabinet personnel.

Shizuka Kamei, a leading member of the LDP, urged Mr Koizumi to authorise additional spending of Y10,000bn-Y15,000bn ( £53bn-£79bn) to shore up the flagging economy, which is mired in its third recession in a decade.

The prime minister has made much of his pledg