Japanese risks balanced, says Shirakawa

Masaaki Shirakawa, the governor of the Bank of Japan, said on Friday that the risks to growth and inflation in Japan were evenly balanced and that the central bank's policy stance was neutral.

Shirakawa told an audience in Tokyo: "We don't have any pre-set direction for policy and must carefully examine both upside and downside risks. If asked about a numerical-weight allocation, I would say that it is fifty-fifty."

The central bank's Monetary Policy Council revised both its inflation and grow

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