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Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama’s new economic policies focused on boosting domestic demand are “very encouraging” as they are perfectly in line with major countries’ ongoing efforts to aim for more balanced and sustainable growth, visiting U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Wednesday.

“I think the broad direction that the prime minister’s laid out is very encouraging,” Geithner said in a group interview with reporters at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, adding there are “early signs of a stronger domestic demand-led economy.”

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