Japan's Takanaka says inflation defeat difficult

Japan's Economy Minister Heizo Takenaka kept up the pressure on the Bank of Japan Thursday to further ease monetary policy. But, as we have previously reported, the Bank is keen to add further stimulation with board member Hidehiko Haru saying last week that the central bank would consider all possible easing measures, including unorthodox steps, if economic and financial conditions warrant such a move.

"We have expectations that the BOJ ought to take further monetary easing," Takenaka told a

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