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Japan probably can't maintain growth rate: Bank of Japan chief

Says the recent pace of growth in the world's third-largest economy is probably unsustainable

Brett Miller & Kathleen Hays 

Haruhiko Kuroda, BoJ, BoJ chief
Haruhiko Kuroda

(BoJ) Governor said the recent pace of growth in the world’s third-largest is probably unsustainable and pledged to continue with very accommodative monetary policy “for some time” because the BoJ is far from its inflation target.
“I think 4 per cent growth is excellent but we don’t think 4 per cent growth can be sustained. Around 2 per cent growth is likely,” Kuroda said in an interview on Bloomberg Television in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. “I think for some time we have to continue this extremely accommodative monetary policy.”
The BoJ chief, who joined Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi at the mountain retreat for an annual gathering monetary policy makers, said he’s watching moves by global colleagues but added that BOJ policy has to be aimed at conditions in
“The economic and price situation in the US is much, much better than the situation in Japan,” Kuroda said. He noted that Japanese businesses and labour unions still exhibit a “deflationary mindset,” which is crimping price gains. 

First Published: Sat, August 26 2017. 23:21 IST