• Kyodo


Finance chiefs from the Group of 20 economies are likely to discuss how to prevent the funding of terrorism at their two-day meeting starting Monday in Istanbul, Finance Minister Taro Aso said Friday.

“Two Japanese people became victims. Terrorists cannot act without funds,” Aso told a press conference.

At the G-20 gathering, Japan plans to thank nations in the Middle East for their support during the Islamic State hostage crisis, which ended in the murders of Japanese, Aso said.

As for macroeconomic issues, Aso said he will tell G-20 nations that Japan’s economy is recovering thanks to policies that center on drastic monetary easing and massive fiscal spending. He said he will also explain that Japan has been making efforts to restore its fiscal health, the worst among major industrialized economies.

Accompanying him will be Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda.

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