A Financial Services Agency official has been formally appointed secretary general of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, the FSA said Tuesday.

Ryozo Himino, 43, will be the first Japanese to assume the post, it said.

Himino, who heads the international planning office at the FSA’s Planning and Coordination Bureau, will start the job Nov. 1.

The committee supervises issues related to the banking business, including capital adequacy ratios, under the Bank for International Settlements.

Himino is an expert on international financial affairs. He joined the Finance Ministry in 1983 and worked at its Banking Bureau and the now-defunct Financial Supervisory Agency’s international section before getting his current FSA job in July.

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