BOJ to avoid Hayami appearing as lame duck

The appointment of a new Bank of Japan governor may not come until after the Group of Seven meeting 21-22 February in Paris, Japan's chief government spokesman said Monday.

"I don't think the appointment of the next BOJ governor will be made public before the G7," said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda. "We can't really go (to the G7 meeting) carrying a sign that says this (central bank chief) will change soon."

Such a move would represent a delay, as Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has bee