Hashimoto's Shocker

His proposed reforms would revolutionize Japanese finance

Glacial change. That was the expectation in Japan as Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto formed the Cabinet of his new government in early November. After campaigning for reelection on a reform platform that few believed, Hashimoto packed his new Liberal Democratic Party Cabinet with old-line politicians who know money politics but have little stomach for taking on the country's bureaucrats.

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