Haruhiko Kuroda, former vice finance minister for international affairs and an advocate of radical monetary-easing measures by the Bank of Japan, was appointed Friday as a special adviser to the Cabinet.

The appointment by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi came after Toshihiko Fukui, former BOJ deputy chief, was nominated as Masaru Hayami’s successor as head of the central bank. Fukui will take up his new post March 20.

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