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Japan replaces financial watchdog chief with eyes on Hong Kong

Battle-tested at Basel, Himino tasked with luring businesses to Tokyo

Ryozo Himino, vice minister for international affairs at the Financial Services Agency, will take the top post at Japan's financial watchdog. (Nikkei collage/source photos by Takanori Okabe and Rie Ishii)

TOKYO -- The Financial Services Agency has tapped a veteran regulator who honed his skills on the international arena as its next chief as Japan sees an opportunity to lure business in Hong Kong's struggle.

Ryozo Himino, vice minister for international affairs at the FSA, will be promoted to commissioner Monday while current Commissioner Toshihide Endo will step down under personnel changes announced Tuesday.

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