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RPT-BOJ's Kuroda: Told Abe will continue ultra-easy policy

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TOKYO, May 17 (Reuters) - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said he told premier Shinzo Abe that the central bank will continue its ultra-easy monetary policy in a meeting held on Wednesday.

"I told the prime minister that Japan's economy is steadily recovering and will continue to grow above its potential," Kuroda told reporters after the meeting.

"Under these conditions, prices will rise. But inflation is still far from our (2 percent) target. I told the prime minister that we will continue with our monetary easing programme," he said. (Reporting by Minami Funakoshi, Writing by Leika Kihara; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)