Japan's Finance Minister Hirohisa Fujii speaks during a news conference in Tokyo October 14, 2009. Japan's economy may be in a more severe condition than the Bank of Japan thinks, Fujii said on Wednesday, though adding that the central bank's decision to keep monetary policy on hold was appropriate. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao (JAPAN POLITICS BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT) By Hideyuki Sano
TOKYO, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The Bank of Japan deferred a decision on Wednesday on withdrawing support for corporate finance after the government pressed the central bank to consider the economic cost of its retreat from credit markets.