Japan’s Nakao is sole nominee to take over ADB

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Japan’s Nakao is sole nominee to take over ADB

Japanese currency chief Takehiko Nakao is the sole nominee for the presidency of the Asian Development Bank, Philippine Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said in mobile-phone text message yesterday, ensuring that Japan will maintain its hold on the top post at the lender.

ADB member countries will vote on the next president in an election from today to April 24, the Manila-based development bank said in an e-mailed statement earlier this month. The nomination period closed Sunday.

Japan has held the presidency of the ADB since the institution was founded in 1966, and is tied with the U.S. in having the largest voting power at the bank.

Nakao was nominated to replace former president Haruhiko Kuroda, who became the Bank of Japan governor last week.

Vice Finance Minister Nakao, 57, oversaw the government’s biggest-ever one-day currency-market intervention on Oct. 31, 2011, after the yen reached a postwar high of 75.35 per dollar.

In a statement released this month, Nakao said he will ensure the ADB is backed by sufficient financial resources if he is confirmed as president, and called for the bank to promote public-private partnerships.

Nakao joined the finance ministry in 1978 and has an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of a 2008 book, “America’s Economic Policies,” and a paper on Japan’s development policy.

Japan plans to name Finance Ministry official Mitsuhiro Furusawa to replace Nakao as the country’s top currency bureaucrat, two government officials said earlier this month.

Furusawa, 57, who heads the bureau in charge of bond issuance, will take up the after the yen’s almost 16 percent fall against the dollar since mid-November. Bloomberg

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