Japan's former economy minister wins seat

Former Japanese economy minister Heizo Takenaka won his first parliamentary election this week and said on Monday 12 July that he aims to get Japan's growth back on track.

With a campaign slogan of Reform even if bashed and bashed, Takenaka emphasized his intention to pursue structural reform, including shaking up Japan's banking system and dealing with non-performing loans. A former economics professor, Takenaka was appointed by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to be his economic adviser, but

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