Japan picks Hosomizo as new chief financial regulator

TOKYO, July 4 Thu Jul 3, 2014 10:39pm EDT

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TOKYO, July 4 (Reuters) - The Japanese government has appointed Kiyoshi Hosomizo as commissioner of the Financial Services Agency as part of a routine personnel reshuffle, Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Friday.

The change takes effect immediately.

Hosomizo, 58, who joined the Ministry of Finance in 1978, was head of the FSA's supervisory bureau. He takes over as head of the country's financial regulator from Ryutaro Hatanaka, who had been in the post for three years. (Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto and and Taiga Uranaka; Editing by Chris Gallagher)

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