Yosano downplays BOJ criticism

Japan's economic and fiscal policy minister Kaoru Yosano downplayed criticism Tuesday 15 November within the government over the Bank of Japan's plan to explore an end to its ultra-loose monetary policy.

"The BOJ has set three conditions for lifting the quantitative monetary easing policy, and the third condition requires the central bank to judge the timing of a policy shift by scrutinizing the overall economic situation, not only numerical data," Yosano said at a news conference.

"I believe the

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