Omi says BoJ should support growth

Japanese finance minister Koji Omi told parliament on Tuesday 20 February that the Bank of Japan's monetary policy should support economic growth, as it prepares to start a two- day meeting to decide interest rates.

Omi, speaking at a session of the lower house of parliament in Tokyo, said specifics of monetary policy are up to the central bank.

``As we have said, we want the Bank of Japan to support economic growth with its monetary policy,'' Omi said at a press conference in Tokyo Tuesday. ``