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The annual salary for the Bank of Japan governor will be lower than that of the prime minister beginning in April.

The change is part of the central bank’s plan announced Friday to cut executive salaries and retirement allowances in response to criticism from the Diet. The central bank also released new internal rules prohibiting officials from accepting wining-and-dining offers from financial institutions, a reaction to the recent bribery scandals involving Finance Ministry officials and similar rumors about BOJ officials.

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