Japan's Taro Aso has overstayed his usefulness

Japan's septuagenarian finance minister is wasting his opportunity to restructure the world's third-biggest economy for the long term. A new scandal only underlines his failings.

We continue FinanceAsia's Finance Minister of the Year study with another minister who combines gaffes and scandals with limited progress on the economic front. The latest cronyism scandal only confirms his lowly place in our list. 

RANKED 9TH Japan's Taro Aso

The world’s third-biggest economy is enjoying its longest run of growth in 28 years, employment is at its highest level since the late 1990s, and equities are just below 26-year peaks. Fine right

“Despite this relative calm, we are keenly aware that Japan’s current monetary policy is unsustainable over the long term,” said Ken Maeda, head of...

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