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Bank of Japan

Japan sounds out BOJ deputy Amamiya for central bank governor

Exclusive: Final discussions underway for nomination of Kuroda's successor

Career central banker Masayoshi Amamiya has been the brain behind much of the Bank of Japan's monetary policy for two decades. (Photo by Yoichi Iwata)

TOKYO -- Japan's government has approached Bank of Japan Deputy Gov. Masayoshi Amamiya as a possible successor to central bank chief Haruhiko Kuroda, people familiar with the matter said, as Tokyo prepares for the first change of leadership at the BOJ in a decade.

Government and ruling coalition officials said the subject had been discussed with Amamiya. The 67-year-old career central banker is the architect of most BOJ policies under Kuroda.

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