Abe Appoints One-Time Rival as New Right-Hand Man on Economy

  • Nobuteru Ishihara less experienced than precedessor Amari
  • Ishihara ran against Abe in 2012 election for party leadership

Nobuteru Ishihara, Japan's new economy minister, speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016.

Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appointed a long-time associate and one-time rival as Economy Minister, replacing the key architect of his Abenomics polices with a politician who has limited experience on economic and trade issues.

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