Koizumi criticised for slow pace of reform

JAPAN - A key adviser to Japan's Junichiro Koizumi yesterday criticised the prime minister for lacking concrete plans for structural reform and failing to implement the pledges he made on coming to office in April.

"The Koizumi cabinet has waved the banner of reform but it is lacking in the execution," Taichi Sakaiya, former minister for economic planning and currently special adviser to Mr Koizumi.

"Japanese people have been waiting for 10 months for Mr Koizumi to do something but the only thing

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