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Muto leads as Japan PM close to choosing nominee for Bank of Japan chief

Daiwa Institute of Research Chairman and former Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Toshiro Muto poses after an interview with Reuters in Tokyo, in this September 11, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao/Files

Daiwa Institute of Research Chairman and former Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Toshiro Muto poses after an interview with Reuters in Tokyo, in this September 11, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao/Files

Daiwa Institute of Research Chairman and former Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Toshiro Muto poses after an interview with Reuters in Tokyo, in this September 11, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao/Files
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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) arrives at his official residence for attending an advisory panel on restructuring legal infrastructure of security guarantees in Tokyo February 8, 2013. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) arrives at his official residence for attending an advisory panel on restructuring legal infrastructure of security guarantees in Tokyo February 8, 2013. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) arrives at his official residence for attending an advisory panel on restructuring legal infrastructure of security guarantees in Tokyo February 8, 2013. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Daiwa Institute of Research Chairman Toshiro Muto speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tokyo, in this March 30, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Daiwa Institute of Research Chairman Toshiro Muto speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tokyo, in this March 30, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Daiwa Institute of Research Chairman Toshiro Muto speaks during an interview with Reuters in Tokyo, in this March 30, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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