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Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Holds Election Result News Conference

Bloomberg Photo Service ‘Best of the Week': Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister and president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), leaves a news conference at the party’s headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed a mandate for his economic program after his gamble on early elections paid off with a sweeping victory that forced the leader of the opposition to resign. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Shinzo Abe

Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

This week Institutional Investor questioned whether the reelection of Shinzo Abe in Japan is really a referendum on his financial policies. We also profiled 40 of the most influential people in the world of pensions, explained how the controversial spending bill passed by Congress and signed by President Obama changed the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and discussed a case soon to come before the Supreme Court that could change the makeup of many 401(k) plans. We dove into the world of Bitcoin and the technology that makes it work, and also recapped the most important takeaways from the December meeting of the Federal Open Markets Committee.