National / Politics Jul 14, 2020

Finance Ministry names new top bureaucrat and currency diplomat

The Finance Ministry reshuffled its top brass Tuesday, with Budget Bureau chief Mitsuru Ota promoted to the highest-ranking bureaucrat and International Bureau head Kenji Okamura to the currency diplomat. Ota, 60, who has been leading the bureau tasked with compiling state budgets since July 2018, ...

National / Politics Jul 7, 2020

Kenji Okamura to become Japan's top currency diplomat

The government plans to name Kenji Okamura, director general of the International Bureau of the Finance Ministry, as Japan's top currency diplomat, sources familiar with the change said Tuesday. Okamura, 58, will become vice finance minister for international affairs, replacing Yoshiki Takeuchi, who took over ...

Business May 26, 2020

Japan still world's top creditor at end of 2019

Japan remained the world's largest creditor at the end of 2019, with the net balance of external assets held by its government, companies and individual investors hitting a record ¥364.53 trillion ($3.40 trillion), the Finance Ministry said Tuesday. The figure, up 6.8 percent from a ...