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Day Traders Confuse Retiring Baseball Player for Bank of Japan's Governor

What's in a name?
Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan (BOJ), looks down at his notes during a news conference at the central bank's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. Kuroda sprung another surprise on investors by adopting a negative interest-rate strategy to spur banks to lend in the face of a weakening economy.

Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan (BOJ), looks down at his notes during a news conference at the central bank's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, Jan. 29, 2016. Kuroda sprung another surprise on investors by adopting a negative interest-rate strategy to spur banks to lend in the face of a weakening economy.

Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

There was momentary alarm on Japanese social media overnight after a well-known day trader tweeted news of a press conference announcing the resignation of Kuroda. Some day traders jumped to the conclusion that Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan, was suddenly poised to step down.

Fortunately, before momentum could build in the yen it became clear that the Kuroda in question was actually Hiroki Kuroda, a pitcher for the Hiroshima Carp baseball team.