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The man who went head-on against the West in 1997 - and won

20 years on, Japan's Eisuke Sakakibara remains critical of the IMF's role in the Asian financial crisis.

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Mr Sakakibara says the world may experience some kind of a mini-crisis but he does not expect any sort of major crisis possibly taking place in the coming years even as global debt hits record levels.

EISUKE Sakakibara became widely known as "Mr Yen" during the late 1990s because of Japan's frequent currency market interventions while he was the country's vice-finance minister for international affairs. Yet, the term (coined by The New York Times) did less than justice to his contributions to

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