Japan economy minister says leave BOJ alone

Japan's economic and financial services minister, in an interview with the FT, called on senior government officials to stop hassling the Bank of Japan over its monetary policy.

"It is not wise to speak loudly in public about BoJ policy," Kaoru Yosano said in an interview with the Financial Times.

"Even in this heated political debate, decency is always a virtue," added Yosano, who was appointed to his post by Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in a cabinet reshuffle following September elections