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Japan's Suga says forex stability is important

TOKYO, March 23 (Reuters) - Japan's top government spokesman said on Friday that stability in the currency market was important and he would closely monitor market movements with a sense of urgency.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga also told a news conference that news of U.S. trade measures appeared to be affecting the currency market.

The yen hit a 16-month high against the dollar on Friday as concerns over rising global trade tensions sparked investor risk aversion. (Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Chris Gallagher)