Japan Finance Minister Aso says hopes BOJ sets 2 percent inflation target

TOKYO Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:18pm EST

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Tuesday that he hopes the central bank sets a 2 percent inflation target, double its current price goal.

In a news conference after a cabinet meeting, Aso also said the government wants to issue a joint statement with the Bank of Japan on strengthening ties, and issue it on Tuesday.

The Bank of Japan is due to complete a policy-setting meeting on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Yuko Yoshikawa; Writing by Leika Kihara; Editing by Edmund Klamann)

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