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Japan government, BOJ "getting closer" on monetary policy statement

Published on Jan 20, 2013 2:23 PM

TOKYO (REUTERS) -Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari said on Sunday that the government and the Bank of Japan were getting closer to an agreement on a joint statement on monetary policy expected to be issued next week.

The government has been pressuring the BOJ to adopt a 2 percent inflation target and make job creation part of its monetary policy mandate.

"(A difference between )the government and the BOJ is narrowing about the contents of the joint statement, but I can not disclose details," Mr Amari told public broadcaster NHK.

"It is obviously necessary to share common policy goals between the government and the BOJ and strengthen cooperation."

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