Hosokawa says imbalances unlikely as G8 topic

Japan's top financial bureaucrat said Monday 5 June that the issue of global economic imbalances is unlikely to be a major discussion topic during the meeting of G8 finance ministers Friday and Saturday.

The G8 officials are expected to talk about energy matters in the context of the global economy, but "I don't think they will debate on global imbalances as a major topic" of discussion, Vice Finance Minister Koichi Hosokawa told a regular press conference.

Hosokawa also said that investors as