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Suga praises BOJ Gov. Kuroda

  • April 16, 2017
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , p. 2
  • JMH Translation

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga highly praised the monetary policy management of Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, a 72 year-old whose term will expire in April 2018. Suga also expressed his intention not to take age into consideration when choosing the next BOJ governor. He made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Kyodo News on April 15. “I’ve never thought about age. We haven’t decided anything yet, but the Cabinet will appoint the most appropriate person at the time,” Suga said.

 

This comment apparently indicates the basic thinking that being of an advanced age is not a reason for being unable to seek another term based on the assumption that the next governor is still undecided.

 

Kuroda, who is highly trusted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is regarded by some as likely to seek another term. On the other hand, others worry that the fact that Kuroda will be 78 when he completes the next five-year term will be a problem. When asked about Kuroda’s achievements, Suga said, “He has been trying hard to meet the government’s expectations, so I think we have chosen the right person.” (Abridged)

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