Japanese Economy Minister Kaoru Yosano speaks to media during a news conference at the Japan National Press Center in Tokyo yesterday. Japan's central bank raised its key interest rate to 0.25 percent from virtually zero yesterday. Yosano, one of the few top officials voicing support for higher rates, said before the decision that ending the zero rate policy was the right way to go, but urged the central bank to carefully balance its decision against a possible slowdown in the US economy and recent weakness in the Tokyo stock market.Jul 15, 2006

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