Yamaguchi named new Bank of Japan deputy

Hirohide Yamaguchi has been made deputy governor at the Bank of Japan, filling a position vacant since March.

The upper and lower houses of the Diet both backed Yamaguchi's nomination on Friday.

Yamaguchi, previously one of six executive directors, has worked for the central bank since 1974.

The central bank has been one deputy governor short since Toshiro Muto and Kazumasa Iwata stepped down now more than seven months ago owing to political wrangling.

The Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), the