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TOKYO, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Masaaki Shirakawa said on Tuesday the credibility of the yen could be harmed and long-term interest rates could rise if the government began to print money.
Such a step could prevent the Bank of Japan making swift adjustments to the financial system and harm Japan’s fiscal health, Shirakawa told a news conference.
The idea of the government issuing its own paper notes has been floated by a few ruling party lawmakers including a former internal affairs minister. [ID:nT304071] (Reporting by Hideyuki Sano and Tetsushi Kajimoto)