Japan in 2002 continued to grapple with many of the same economic problems it has faced over the past 10 years, with a familiar lack of success. Although the economy has not imploded, as some feared last year, it is showing few signs of staging a sustained recovery. Prime Minister Koizumi Junichiro remained in office, but almost all of his efforts to reform the moribund economic system were watered down by resistance from affected groups. The foreign policy agenda was dominated by the growing crisis over North Korea's intensification of its nuclear weapons development program. This crisis cancelled out Koizumi's earlier progress at normalizing relations with Pyongyang.
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Errata: In the September/October 2016 issue (volume 56 number 5, pages 836 and 849), there was a technical printing error in Figures 1b and 2 of the article by Ajay Raina that resulted in a loss of data on the graphs. This online article contains the restored figures in their original, correct state. The error is regretted.