BOJ Kuroda: Hitting inflation target "challenging" but won't abandon efforts

YOKOHAMA, Japan, May 5 (Reuters) - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Friday achieving the central bank's 2 percent inflation target was "challenging" but that does not mean it will change it.

"Since Japan's economy is growing and will continue to grow well above its potential, the output gap will continue to improve in the coming months and years. That would strengthen pressure on wages and prices," Kuroda told a news conference.

"It's challenging for central banks to achieve their price stability targets in a timely manner, but that doesn't mean we would change our 2 percent target," he added. (Reporting by Leika Kihara; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)