Kikuo Iwata: BOJ needs inflation target

INTERVIEW - The Bank of Japan should set a mild inflation target to defeat deflation, says Kikuo Iwata, a Gakushuin University professor, who believes that unless deflation is stopped, there can be no business revival nor fiscal reform.

Interview first published in the Asahi Shimbun with Kikuo Iwata, a former visiting researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, and professor at Sophia University.

Following are excerpts from the interview:

Q: You have long advocated setting inflation

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