BOJ outgoing governor Masaaki Shirakawa

BOJ outgoing governor Masaaki Shirakawa

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Masaaki Shirakawa, governor of Bank of Japan, speaks to the press at the BOJ headquarters in Tokyo on Feb. 5, 2013. “There was no pressure at all from the government, this was my own decision,” Shirakawa told reporters last night after a meeting with Abe, saying it was not an act of protest.