Japan economy minister, key figure in Trans-Pacific trade deal, quits amid scandal

The Washington Post
January 29, 2016

The resignation of Akira Amari on Thursday, a week after allegations of financial impropriety surfaced, has deprived Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of one of his closest political allies, Sasakawa USA Fellow Tobias Harris said in a Washington Post article published January 28 by Anna Fifield.

Harris noted in the article that Amari has effectively served as “minister for Abenomics.” In an earlier article published last week in the Australian Financial Review, Harris accurately predicted the scandal “could complicate the Abe administration’s response to financial market volatility.”

“It also has immediate policy implications, most notably whether the Abe government will be able to proceed with ratifying the Trans-Pacific Partnership during the current session,” Harris wrote in a research note quoted in the Washington Post article.

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