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As second-in-command at the IMF, Japan’s Naoyuki Shinohara offers fresh perspective on Asia’s place in the new world order.

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Sitting in a hotel room and looking half asleep, one of the most powerful people at the International Monetary Fund has just one thing to say: “The jet lag is something that kills me.” 

Naoyuki Shinohara, the IMF’s deputy managing director, was in Bangkok to meet the resident representatives of the organisation, part of a campaign to position it as more “friendly” to Asia.

People in the region are wary to this day about the IMF, which helped bail out Southeast Asian nations after the tom yum kung financial crisis that began in Thailand in 1997. It provided billions of dollars of funding but also a lot of bad advice.

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