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Kingmaker Abe behind push for Japan's supersize stimulus

Fiscal discipline goes out the window as Abenomics-style spending returns

Hawkish allies: Liberal Democratic Party policy chief Sanae Takaichi seen speaking to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Parliament. The two conservative politicians are increasingly taking coordinated actions.     © Reuters

TOKYO -- When Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visited former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the latter's parliamentary office on Wednesday, a large portion of the conversation was about the economy.

"The stimulus needs to be over 30 trillion yen ($263 billion) on a real expenditure basis," he said, referring to direct government spending. 

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