Upon the incapacitation of Keizo Obuchi, Mori became prime minister and immediately called for new elections, which the LDP-led coalition won, albeit with a loss of seats. The burly, blunt-spoken Mori was widely criticized for numerous off-the-cuff remarks that insulted a variety of groups and, more importantly, for his lack of experience in foreign policy. Although Mori continued his predecessor's attempts at reviving Japan's ailing economy, he proved to be an unpopular leader, undermining his government through a series of political blunders, and he was soon replaced by Junichiro Koizumi.
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