BOJ's Iwata says strong GDP won't change stance

The Bank of Japan's deputy governor Kazumasa Iwata said on Wednesday 18 February the BOJ's monetary easing policy will stay unchanged despite strong GDP figures and added that deflation remains a stubborn problem.

Government figures showed Japan's economy grew at its fastest rate in over 13 years in the October-December quarter, rising 1.7 percent in real terms, as strong growth in the US and China helped exports and stimulated business investment.

Iwata, who is a former academic, also told a n