Japan’s Prime Minister Abe Defends Policies as Markets Settle

TOKYO (AP) -

Japan’s top leaders are defending the economic strategies championed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, though the central bank chief acknowledged a need for better communication with financial markets, a day after Tokyo shares suffered their worst loss since the 2011 tsunami disaster.

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda acknowledged Friday the need for careful handling of aggressive monetary policies aimed at breaking the world’s third-largest economy free of deflation, or falling prices, that has hobbled growth by slowing investment and consumer spending.