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In his efforts to reform the scandal-struck Bank of Japan and reformulate its monetary policy, Sakuya Fujiwara, a former journalist now working as a central banker, intends to maintain his “fieldwork” and reflect public opinion.

The resolve of Fujiwara, 61, who last Friday replaced BOJ Senior Deputy Gov. Toshihiko Fukui, a career BOJ banker, sounds fresh enough. But because his appointment was admittedly sudden, he has yet to develop specific ideas for BOJ improvements.

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