Japan government nominates central bank deputy governor

The Japanese government on Wednesday nominated Bank of Japan Executive Director Hirohide Yamaguchi as one of the central bank's two deputy governors, reported dpa.

The post of the bank's deputy governor has remained vacant since March due to disagreements in parliament. Japan's upper chamber is controlled by the opposition, which voted down the government's earlier nominations.

But the largest opposition group, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), said it would support the nomination of Yamaguchi, 57, responding to Prime Minister Taro Aso's call for cooperation to fill the vacancy quickly amid the global financial crisis.

Both chambers were expected to vote on the nomination next week.

Yamaguchi currently holds one of the bank's senior posts in charge of monetary affairs. He has also supervised a section that monitors financial systems and conducts bank examinations.

The DPJ has earlier already approved of Kiyohiko Nishimura, a member of the BOJ Policy Board, to become the other deputy governor.

The central bank's executives need approval from both houses of the parliament.

After the bank's former governor Toshihiko Fukui ended his five-year tenure on March 19, its top post was left vacant for the first time in its history.

The current Governor Masaaki Shirakawa was appointed only a few days before the meeting of Group of Seven finance ministers and central bank chiefs in April in Washington.

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