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MNI INSIGHT: New BOJ Board Faces Spur Talk On Kuroda Successor

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With the governor's term ending on April 8, the Kishida government has a rare window to ruffle the status quo on policy.

Fresh off a robust victory in upper house elections, the government of Fumio Kishida has started a process that could replace five slots on the nine-member Bank of Japan Board by April of next year, including Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and two deputies, Masayoshi Amamiya and Masazumi Wakatabe.

A focus for BOJ officials is whether veterans will fill the top roles, likely either Amamiya who handles monetary operations now, or a former deputy governor Hiroshi Nakaso, a seasoned hand in global central banking circles. Both have solid contacts with lawmakers and their terms end on March 19.

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Fresh off a robust victory in upper house elections, the government of Fumio Kishida has started a process that could replace five slots on the nine-member Bank of Japan Board by April of next year, including Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and two deputies, Masayoshi Amamiya and Masazumi Wakatabe.

A focus for BOJ officials is whether veterans will fill the top roles, likely either Amamiya who handles monetary operations now, or a former deputy governor Hiroshi Nakaso, a seasoned hand in global central banking circles. Both have solid contacts with lawmakers and their terms end on March 19.

Keep reading...Show less