Battle for Policy Power Sees Dominant Japanese Ministry Curbed

  • Ministry of Finance is losing influence to PM's office
  • It's struggling to prevent Abe delaying sales-tax hike

Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister.

Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

The Ministry of Finance, an institution that’s shaped the views of Japanese lawmakers for generations, is waking to a new reality after three years of government under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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