Japanese Prime Minister Junichero Koizumi is a hardcore Elvis fan and he sent out the following spoken message to all Elvis fans worldwide:
"Yes, I really love Elvis. I am not fussy about genres of music, from classics to rock. Elvis has been my most favorite for a long time. My younger brother, who is also an Elvis maniac enlightened me about Elvis. He once got involved in fan club affairs as a head of local chapter in Yokohama, but I took a liking to Elvis as early as when he made his sensational debut."
"Elvis is the best and in a class by himself when he sings rock or ballads or any type of songs. I never get tired of listening no matter how many times I hear him over more than 40 years in my life. Above all, I like his songs, say, 'I Want You, I Need You, I Love You', 'Hawaiian Wedding Song' and 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'."
"When Elvis, The Concert came to Japan in Nov. 1999, I went to Tokyo Forum not to miss this once-in-my-life chance. It was so electrifying–even really touching. There has never been a superstar like Elvis before nor after Elvis. I am sure he was the greatest singer that ever lived in the 20th century.
"Since I took office (of the Prime Minister), I have been so busy that I literally have no time for sleep. On weekends, when I find time to be back (to my private) home, and can afford listening to Elvis songs after weeks long craving, certainly his voice eases-off my fatigue. These days, I feel sort of healing power from his Gospels. No doubt, Elvis' recordings are a godsend and great legacy of art from the last century. Elvis is forever and so are his songs.
"We should share this legacy with many more people, not just by fan-club people alone. Especially, younger generations now.
"Whoops! I almost forgot to say this: my birthday is January 8th, the same day of Elvis', that is what I always speak proudly of .... I have been an Elvis fan since my young days and love music from classics to rock."
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