Downside risks to Japan’s economy are diminishing now that emerging economies look set to post higher growth, Bank of Japan Gov. Masaaki Shirakawa said Wednesday.

“Based on a high possibility that emerging countries and those with resources will continue to grow at a higher rate, risks seem to be becoming balanced, compared with the situation in early spring, when risks were generally tilted toward the downside,” Shirakawa said in a speech in Tokyo.

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