BOJ's Hayami highlights risks to Japan economy

Japan's central bank governor said on Dec 22 the deflation risks that have hamstrung economic recovery for years were back in the picture, while the top economic planner hinted that growth may have already contracted.

Bank of Japan Governor Masaru Hayami also warned that a US slowdown would cast a shadow.Growing evidence already exists that a renewed slowdown in Japan's convalescing economy has all but shattered a burst of optimism early this year when a self-sustaining economic recovery from