Bank of Japan's new executive director

Japan's finance minister, Sadakazu Tanigaki, today appointed Kiyoto Ido, a former director-general of the finance ministry's international bureau, as one of six executive directors of the Bank of Japan. He will oversee the central bank's departments in charge of research and statistics, currency note issue and information system services.

Ido, who is 55, joined the ministry of finance in April 1973 and has served as director-general of the international bureau since July 2004. Ido replaces Ak