BOJ's Muto sees 'lasting' economic recovery

Japan's economy, the world's second-biggest, is in a ``lasting and self-sustaining'' recovery, Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Toshiro Muto said.

``The possibility is gradually increasing that we will see a stable increase in core consumer prices over the next fiscal year that starts April 1,'' Muto said in an interview in Tokyo on Thursday 1 September. He didn't rule out the possibility that sustained price gains may start as early as the end of this fiscal year.

Muto doesn't ``rule out the

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