Yamagiwa was Governor of the Bank of Japan from November 30, 1956 through December 17, 1964.
When the Japanese Cabinet accepted the Yamagiwa's resignation, his health was mentioned as the main reason for stepping down before the end of his second five-year term. At this time, the president of the Mitsubishi Bank, Makoto Usami, was already identified as successor.
- Bank of Japan (BOJ), 20th Governor
- BOJ, List of Governors; Werner, Richard A. (2003). Princes of the Yen: Japan's Central Bankers and the Transformation of the Economy, p. 147, p. 147, at Google Books
- "Japan Cabinet Picks Bank Governor," New York Times. December 18, 1964; retrieved 2011-08-20
- Werner, Richard A. (2003). Princes of the Yen: Japan's Central Bankers and the Transformation of the Economy. Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe. ISBN 978-0-7656-1048-5; OCLC 471605161
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