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More easing would come with worse side effects: BOJ's Kiuchi

TOKYO -- An additional dose of monetary easing to head off a potential downturn triggered by April's sales tax hike would do more harm than good, Bank of Japan policy board member Takahide Kiuchi told The Nikkei in an interview.

     Of the bank's nine board members, Kiuchi is among those most concerned about the downside risks and is a known pessimist on the country's economic outlook. He worries that slowdowns in emerging-market economies will cause exports to slump and that sluggish wage growth will slam the brakes on consumer spending.

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