Japan PM's meeting with aides discussed Bank of Japan policy - economic minister

TOKYO Tue Jan 15, 2013 5:08am GMT

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo January 11, 2013. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo January 11, 2013.

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed general monetary policy with his cabinet ministers and economic aides on Tuesday but they did not talk about the selection of the next Bank of Japan governor, Economic Minister Akira Amari said.

Abe invited his economic advisers, including academic Koichi Hamada, known as an advocate of aggressive monetary easing, to the prime minister's official residence on Tuesday to hear their views on monetary policy.

The prime minister said at a television programme on Sunday that he will also seek their views on who should succeed Masaaki Shirakawa as next BOJ governor when his term expires in April. Amari and Finance Minister Taro Aso were also present at the meeting.

The BOJ will next meet for a policy-setting meeting on January 21-22.

(Reporting by Tokyo policy team; writing by Leika Kihara; Editing by Shinichi Saoshiro)

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