TOKYO -- I first met Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda in the spring of 1991, shortly after the collapse of Japan's economic bubble. At the time, he was chief of the Ministry of Finance's Tax Bureau Income Tax and Property Tax Policy Division.
Kuroda was not a typical MOF bureaucrat. I sometimes visited him to get information about the tax system, a subject I was assigned to cover, and I really enjoyed hearing him talk about a wide variety of topics, including politics, society and culture.