New Japanese PM could pressure BoJ to loosen

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The election on Friday of Naoto Kan as Japan's new prime minister could set the stage for more pressure on the Bank of Japan (BoJ) to keep accommodative monetary policy, analysts said.

Kan, who was finance minister in the cabinet of Yukio Hatoyama, the Japanese prime minister who resigned on Wednesday, has had a difficult relationship with the country's central bank. Kan, who was also deputy prime minister under Hatoyama, has been critical of the BoJ's stance, and is thought to favour a more dov

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