DAVOS, Switzerland Jan 26 Japan's economy
minister said on Saturday his country's extraordinary fiscal and
monetary stimulus programme was not aimed at weakening the yen
or undermining central bank independence.
Akira Amari told the World Economic Forum in Davos it was up
to the market to determine the currency's exchange rate, and the
Bank of Japan had chosen independently to sign a joint statement
with the government on actions to fight deflation and revive
"You might think there's a deliberate policy to drive down
the value of the yen but we in government refrain from
commenting on the exchange rate of the yen," Amari said in
response to criticism of Japanese action.