Deputy Prime Minister Naoto Kan officially replaced Hirohisa Fujii as finance minister Thursday after the veteran financial expert resigned for health reasons.

Kan’s priorities will be to get the 2010 budget passed as quickly as possible and to get a grip on the government’s snowballing debt as concerns mount over Japan’s fiscal sustainability.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.