Japan should maintain policy stance, says Noda

The Bank of Japan should continue to gradually raise rates in line with improvements to economic growth, a member of the central bank's rate-setting board has said.

Tadao Noda, a member of the nine-member panel, said on Wednesday 12 March that despite "flickering" signs that global conditions could impact Japan's economic performance, no "hard evidence" suggested that the current growth trend was likely to be halted and that the central bank's tightening bias should remain.

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