Outgoing Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi moved out of the Prime Minister’s Official Residence Thursday evening as he gets ready to hand the reins of government to new ruling party leader Shinzo Abe next Tuesday.

In the final edition of his weekly e-mail magazine Thursday, Koizumi thanked the public for the support he received over his 5 1/2-year term, and said he will maintain a “low profile” after leaving office while assisting the new prime minister as a Diet member.

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