© Reuters. BOJ Governor Kuroda speaks next to Japan's DPM and Finance Minister Aso during a financial and monetary committee session at the Lower House of the parliament in Tokyo© Reuters. BOJ Governor Kuroda speaks next to Japan’s DPM and Finance Minister Aso during a financial and monetary committee session at the Lower House of the parliament in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Friday that it was important for the Bank of Japan to maintain its current monetary policy framework.

Aso also said he wanted to raise the national sales tax as scheduled in October 2019, to 10 percent from 8 percent now.

He spoke in response to questions from an opposition lawmaker in the lower house of parliament.

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