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Sakuya Fujiwara, the Bank of Japan’s new senior deputy governor, said he wants to contribute to the central bank from his unique position as a “layman who does not know the theory and practice” of financial issues.

“I am a real layman,” Fujiwara said at a Tokyo news conference, apparently in keeping with a Japanese modesty custom. A former chief editorial writer for Jiji Press, Fujiwara, 61, was referring to the reason he was selected by the Cabinet to replace Toshihiko Fukui.

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