February 23, 2018 / 2:14 AM / a month ago

Japan finance minister: important for BOJ to keep current policy framework

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Friday that it was important for the Bank of Japan to maintain its current monetary policy framework.

Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda speaks next to Japan's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso (L) during a financial and monetary committee session at the Lower House of the parliament in Tokyo, Japan, February 16, 2018. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Aso also said he wanted to raise the national sales tax as scheduled in October 2019, to 10 percent from 8 percent now.

He spoke in response to questions from an opposition lawmaker in the lower house of parliament.

Reporting by Stanley WhiteEditing by Chang-Ran Kim

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