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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said on Friday the government needs to look at several economic indicators to determine if it is appropriate to declare an end to deflation.
Motegi spoke in response to a question on whether consumer prices need to reach the Bank of Japan's 2 percent inflation target in order for the government to officially say the country is out of deflation.
(Reporting by Stanley White; Editing by Chris Gallagher)
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