BOJ in critical period says Nishimura

Bank of Japan Policy Board member Kiyohiko Nishimura said on Thursday 16 February the central bank has entered a critical period for deciding on a policy move, but said it had not set any time frame for a shift.

"With core CPI above zero for three months, we have entered a critical period for policy decision-making. I have no doubt about that," he told a news conference after meeting with regional business leaders in the southern town of Takamatsu.

"We will look at various data coming out, the