The Ministry: How Japan's Most Powerful Institution Endangers World Markets

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Harvard Business School Press, 1998 - Business & Economics - 310 pages
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.

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