Japan seeks compromise on IMF assessors

JAPAN - Japan has sought to defuse a looming row with the International Monetary Fund, having previously hinted that it might block an IMF assessment of its financial system.

An IMF request to investigate Japan's financial system received a frosty response last week from the Financial Services Agency, Japan's chief banking regulator. The FSA has said it does not have the manpower to assist IMF inspectors.

But speaking in London yesterday Hukuo Yanagisawa, Japan's minister for financial servic