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New BOJ deputy is a career policy fixer -- and classical pianist

Amamiya, who has fought deflation for decades, is a contender to succeed Kuroda

Masayoshi Amamiya, front right, at a March 5 confirmation hearing to be deputy Bank of Japan governor.

TOKYO -- The Bank of Japan's newly confirmed deputy governor, a long-serving central bank official known as the "BOJ's ace," once considered a career as a classical musician.

Even today, Masayoshi Amamiya frequently makes time to fine-tune his piano skills, filling his home with melodies. He has even served as a critic for a music magazine after joining the central bank.

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