Too soon to evaluate long term rate falls,Takenaka

Japanese Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Heizo Takenaka said it is too soon to form any opinions about the meaning of the recent decline in long-term domestic interest rates.

"The recent decline in interest rates seems to be reflecting the outlook for the economies both in Japan and overseas, but we can't make any judgment based on movements over just two to three weeks," Takenaka said, speaking at a regular news conference.

Takenaka was responding to a question about the decline of the 10-