Fukui reviews Japanese monetary policy

Japan's economy is expected to continue expanding moderately, although for the time being the pace of growth is likely to slow because of sluggish housing investment, said Toshihiko Fukui, the central bank governor, paving the way for possible rate hikes.

Fukui reiterated that the level of interest rates is to be raised if Japan's economy is to follow a path of sustainable growth under price stability. He added that the pace of increases should occur without any predetermined view.

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