Amari's resignation seen hitting Abenomics hard
Jiji Press -- Jan 29
The resignation of Akira Amari as economic revitalization minister over a money scandal is expected to deal a serious blow to the implementation of the Abenomics economic policy of the administration of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Amari had played a central role in drawing up the government's growth strategy and helping Japan, the United States and 10 other nations reach a broad accord on the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact.

His departure from the cabinet "will affect the government's policy steering," a senior Cabinet Office official warned.

The United States and other TPP member countries are also keeping a close eye on developments following Amari's resignation.

Amari announced his intention to resign at a press conference on Thursday afternoon. Former Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara succeeded Amari later in the day.

News source: Jiji Press
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