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Junichiro Koizumi, one of the most popular politicians in recent decades, has kept a low profile since stepping down as prime minister in September 2006 and retiring from politics after the Aug. 30 election.

But the charismatic Koizumi’s voice will stage a comeback of sorts — as that of a doyen to Ultraman — when “Dai-Kaiju Battle: Ultra Ginga Densetsu, The Movie” (“Great Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legend, The Movie”), hits the silver screen Dec. 12.

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