BOJ's Suda says must tolerate rate rises

Bank of Japan Policy Board member Miyako Suda said on Wednesday 21 April that small rises in interest rates need to be tolerated because they reflect Japan's recovering economy.

She also told business leaders in Okinawa, southern Japan, that it was hard to see consumer prices in Japan stabilising above zero -- the criteria for the central bank to end its ultra-loose monetary policy -- in the near term.

Japan's government has the largest public debt burden of any industrialised nation from year