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JPX taps Osaka exchange head for Tokyo top job after outage

Hiromi Yamaji faces task of regaining investor confidence

Japan Exchange Group is considering Hiromi Yamaji, 65, as the next president of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. (Source photos by Kai Fujii and Kyodo) 

TOKYO -- Japan Exchange Group is considering Hiromi Yamaji, president of the Osaka Exchange, as the new president of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Nikkei has learned, as it bids to win back investor confidence after a systems snafu in October wiped out a day of trading.

JPX is expected to unofficially decide on the appointment of Yamaji, 65, at a nominating committee on Monday, multiple sources told Nikkei.

Yamaji, who has held positions overseas, would be called on to expand the exchange's international business.

The former executive operating officer at Nomura Securities took the helm of the Osaka Exchange in 2013. He also has acted as JPX's chief operating officer since last year.

After the world's third largest stock exchange suffered the outage last fall, then President Koichiro Miyahara, 63, was forced to step down.

Since then, JPX Chief Executive Akira Kiyota has also been acting as the bourse's president. The 75-year-old now intends to focus on directing JPX.

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