Japan PM: economy weak, hopes BOJ meets 2 pct price target

TOKYO Wed Jan 30, 2013 9:36pm EST

TOKYO Jan 31 (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday that the country's economy was weak despite some signs of leveling off, reiterating calls for the Bank of Japan to achieve a 2 percent inflation target as soon as possible.

"The government hopes that the BOJ achieves its 2 percent price stability target as soon as possible as it is stipulated in our joint statement (issues last week)," Abe said in parliament.

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