The Ministry by Peter Hartcher
How Japan's Most Powerful Institution Endangers World Markets

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Japan's Ministry of Finance controls the majority of the country's largest corporations and financial institutions. Its actions can sway the Japanese economy and affect financial markets worldwide. Yet as Japan's most powerful -- and least scrutinized -- ministry, it bows to neither Parliament nor the prime minister.

Here, in the first full-length English expose of the Ministry of Finance, Hartcher explores its inner workings and reveals the impact of its growing abuses of power on international financial markets. This timely book sounds a warning that any manager, investor, or regulator who deals with world markets, and especially with Japan, cannot afford to ignore.


About Peter Hartcher

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Former Washington bureau chief and associate editor of the "Australian Financial Review", Peter Hartcher is now the political and international editor for the "Sydney Morning Herald". Author of "The Ministry", he lives in Australia.
Published January 1, 1998 by HARPERCOLLINS BUSINESS. 224 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Hartcher, Asia-Pacific editor for the Australian Financial Review, describes how the MoF, created to support the war and postwar rebuilding, outlived its purpose and fostered the bubble economy of the late 1980s and the subsequent bank crisis that almost crushed the miracle it helped create.

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