Japan's Koizumi: Need deflation-fighter at BOJ

INTERVIEW - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Wednesday the nation needs a bold deflation-fighter to lead the central bank when the current governor's term ends in March, underscoring the concerns falling prices continue to eat away at the economy and worsen the bad loan problem at banks.

"A person with an aggressive will to overcome deflation would be fitting for the job of BOJ governor," Koizumi told Dow Jones Newswires and CNBC Asia-Pacific in an interview.

He said it isn't the

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