The Consumer Agency, which was inaugurated Sept. 1, is in a state of confusion — for which Prime Minister Taro Aso is solely to blame. He was obsessed with the idea of starting the agency on Sept. 1, about a month earlier than planned. Now, the lack of sufficient preparation is apparent.

All information related to problems affecting consumers is to be collected by the agency, which will then make recommendations to the ministries concerned. It is empowered to handle consumer-related problems not covered under existing laws.

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