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Japan: Credible reports in the Japanese media over the weekend named Haruhiko Kuroda, the president of the Asian Development Bank, as the Abe government's pick to take over from Masaaki Shirakawa as governor of the Bank of Japan.

Kuroda has spent most of his career in the public sector, having joined Japan's Ministry of Finance in 1967. Over the years he held positions including secretary to the finance minister from 1988-89, director in the Tax Bureau from 1989-92, and later special adviser to

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