Poor data for exports and industrial output have the potential to force the Bank of Japan into bolstering stimulus later this month, said a former chief economist for the BOJ.

Weak production could destroy the picture the central bank has presented of an economy that is poised to improve, said Hideo Hayakawa, who went on to be an executive director at the central bank before he retired in 2013.

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