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(Update) Fairly Possible to Keep Low Rates beyond Spring 2020: Kuroda

(Update) Fairly Possible to Keep Low Rates beyond Spring 2020: Kuroda

   Tokyo, May 17 (Jiji Press)--Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Friday that it is fairly possible that the central bank will keep interest rates at the current low levels beyond spring 2020, depending on future economic and price conditions.
   The remark came after the BOJ said in a policy statement late last month that it intends to "maintain the current extremely low levels of short- and long-term interest rates for an extended period of time, at least through around spring 2020."
   "There is a fair possibility that the current low interest rates will be maintained beyond this period, depending on future developments," the BOJ chief said in a speech at a members-only event held by the Research Institute of Japan, a Jiji Press affiliate.
   "Japan's economy is likely to continue on an expanding trend ... through fiscal 2021, despite being affected by the slowdown in overseas economies for the time being," Kuroda also said.
   Pointing out that the deflationary mindset of Japanese people has been weakening, partly thanks to pay-scale hikes by companies over the last six years, Kuroda stressed that "there is no need to be too pessimistic about the current situation."

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