BOJ's Fukui positive on economy

Bank of Japan governor Toshihiko Fukui told parliament on Tuesday 2 August that consumer prices will likely turn positive by the year-end and the soft patch in the economy could soon be over.

Fukui said there is a strong chance consumer prices in Japan will rise into positive numbers around the end of this year or early next year.

"The trend (for consumer prices) will remain slightly negative for the time being," Fukui told a parliamentary committee reviewing a twice-yearly report by the centra

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