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BOJ's Kataoka calls for pre-emptive monetary easing

HAKODATE, Japan, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Bank of Japan board member Goushi Kataoka said on Wednesday the central bank must pre-emptively ease monetary policy to fend off risks to the country's economic and price outlooks.

"When there is a distance between our price target and actual inflation, it's important to respond pre-emptively instead of waiting until we confirm that the price trend has changed," he said in a speech to business leaders in Hakodate, northern Japan.

Kataoka, a vocal advocate of aggressive monetary easing, has consistently voted against keeping policy steady. In July, he argued the BOJ should lower its short-term interest rate target. The proposal was not put to a vote. (Reporting by Leika Kihara Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)

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