Japan's economy to keep growing - minutes

The Bank of Japan reiterated plans to raise interest rates ``gradually,'' keeping pace with inflation and growth in the world's second-largest economy, minutes of a policy board meeting held last month showed Tuesday 21 November.

Members of the policy board ``agreed that the economy was likely to continue to expand moderately,'' according to the minutes of the Oct. 12-13 board meeting released in Tokyo.

Board members said the bank must communicate with investors closely to explain its stance on