October 4, 2018 / 9:43 AM / in 13 days

IMF's Lagarde - Japan's fiscal, monetary policy are stretched

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s fiscal and monetary policy are “stretched,” leaving little room to reply to sudden economic shocks, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Thursday.

Christine Lagarde, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director, attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan October 4, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Lagarde, who spoke after the IMF’s “Article 4” annual consultations, said Japan still has not put public debt on a sustainable path.

Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Chris Gallagher and Kim Coghill

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