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TOKYO (MNI) - A senior Bank of Japan official Wednesday warned that
financial institutions' loans to real estate businesses, which are long-term
lending, continued to post strong growth beyond that seen in overall lending.
"The loans to real estates vs. gross GDP is beyond the historical trend and
is the highest level since the asset bubble period," the executive director in
charge of the financial system and bank examination Kimihiro Etoh said at a
credit union association meeting.
Etoh also said that the BOJ continues to closely watch how loans to real
estate develops and its impact on financial institutions.
As for the economic climate and the outlook for monetary policy, Etoh said
that there are uncertainties regarding global developments and medium- to
long-term inflation expectations, and the BOJ must pay attention to
He added, "The policy-decision meeting is being held today and tomorrow. We
will continue to make efforts to manage monetary policy in an appropriate manner
in order to achieve the price stability target, while keeping a close eye on
economic and price conditions as well as financial environment."
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