Japan's Amari Stepping Down as Japan's Economic Minister

By Reuters
January 28,2016
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Nobuteru Ishihara arrives at new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's official residence in Tokyo December 26, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese lawmaker Nobuteru Ishihara said on Thursday that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had asked him to be Economy Minister, replacing Akira Amari, who resigned due to a funding scandal.

Ishihara told reporters he wanted to guide economic policy to spread the benefits of Abenomics through the Japanese economy and to small firms.

Ishihara, 58, has served in several previous cabinet positions, including the environment portfolio, and has also been secretary-general of Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

 

(Reporting by Elaine Lies; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)