BOJ deputy Muto seen as favourite for governor

Many economists think that deputy Bank of Japan governor Toshiro Muto is the leading candidate to be the next Japanese central bank governor, a Jiji Press survey showed Friday 2 March.

Of the 24 prominent economists Jiji Press polled, 19 said that Muto is the frontrunner to succeed current BOJ governor Toshihiko Fukui, whose term of office expires on March 19, 2008.

Among the others, three believe that Heizo Takenaka, now professor at Keio University and former minister of internal affairs and

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