Hayami - 'Stupid' to ask me if about to resign

JAPAN - Bank of Japan Governor Masaru Hayami shot down speculation that he might resign before his five year term ends next March.

"Don't ask such stupid questions," Hayami told reporters Wednesday when asked about market rumours he planned to step down soon.

Speculation that the hawkish 77-year old BOJ governor might be on the verge of resigning has come and gone over the past year amid unsubstantiated rumours about his bad health and discontent with the job.

Hayami has consistently denied

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