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Abe beefs up staff with each ministry's best and brightest

Stronger prime minister's office mirrors moves by 10 Downing Street and Blue House

The Kantei, the Japanese prime minister's office and official residence, has become a stronger force in government under Abe. (Nikkei photo)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has presided over a major increase in cabinet staffers, handpicking economic and national security advisers from various ministries to concentrate power in the executive branch.

The Cabinet Office and Cabinet Secretariat now have a combined staff of 3,638, a 17% increase from fiscal 2012, when Abe returned to the prime minister's seat. Compared with fiscal 2001, the year of a major government overhaul, the growth amounts to 33%.

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