Weak data won't deter rate rise - BoJ's Mizuno

Bank of Japan policy board member Atsushi Mizuno said in a speech Tuesday 5 December that the central bank can raise its key short-term interest rate despite recent weak economic data.

"Not a few economic indicators released recently are mediocre, but it is not true that unless all the economic data are robust, we cannot implement a policy rate hike," Mizuno said at a meeting of the Tokyo Employers' Association.

"Under gradual economic expansion, it is inevitable that indicators of the economy and

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