Shirakawa gets DPJ blessing, poised to lead BoJ

Masaaki Shirakawa, the acting governor of the Bank of Japan, looks likely to get the job formally after a senior opposition official indicated he would back his appointment.

Yukio Hatoyama, the secretary general of the opposition Democratic Party of Japan, said on Friday 4 April that Shirakawa, officially now a deputy governor, was "fully capable" of leading the institution. The Democratic Party of Japan controls the upper house of the Diet, giving it the power to veto any nomination for cent

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