TOKYO Feb 25 Japanese academic Kikuo Iwata, an
advocate of unorthodox monetary easing steps to beat deflation,
said he had been sounded out by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for
the post of deputy Bank of Japan governor and would accept if
"The prime minister has asked me to be deputy governor,"
private broadcaster TV Tokyo showed Iwata telling reporters.
"I would humbly accept."
Sources told Reuters that Abe's government was likely to
nominate Asian Development Bank chief Haruhiko Kuroda as next
BOJ governor, while the Nikkei newspaper reported that Iwata was
likely to get one of two deputy posts. The nominations will
require approval of both houses of parliament.