BOJ's Hayami - FX moves need further monitoring

JAPAN - Bank of Japan Governor Masaru Hayami said Friday the 0.8% decline in Japanese consumer prices last year was "normal," apparently attempting to downplay concerns about deflation weighing on the economy.

"It's normal, isn't it," Hayami told reporters when asked about the CPI data released earlier Friday.

When asked about the yen's continuing slide against the dollar, Hayami said the situation needs further monitoring.

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