Japan's prime minister Koizumi kept his cards close to his chest on the looming choice for next BOJ governor, reiterating in Parliament he wants an "aggressive deflation-fighter" and a "respected and excellent person."
In other news an opposition lawmaker got outgoing governor Hayami to admit a 1-percentage-point rise in 10-year JGB yields would wipe out Y1 trillion in BOJ's capital, implying central bank capital would evaporate if rates should spike to around 6%.
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