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What will Tokyo look for in BOJ's next governor?

No matter the era, central bank chiefs need foresight, decisiveness and humility

At the moment, financial market players see Masayoshi Amamiya, left, who has supported Kuroda as a deputy governor, and his predecessor Hiroshi Nakaso, right, as front-runners for the governorship.(Nikkei montage/Kyodo)

TOKYO -- We are already nearly a month into 2022, a year that will bring upper house elections in Japan, presidential elections in South Korea and France, and midterm elections in the U.S. And, while this may be jumping the gun somewhat, a major decision for the financial world will likely be in its final stages at this time next year.

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda's term ends April 8, 2023. Appointed in 2013 and reappointed in 2018, he has already been in office longer than any other BOJ chief, at eight years and 10 months.

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