22 Jul '11, 1am

Japan ready to buy more Europe bonds if needed

TOKYO: Japan is ready to buy more European bonds if needed to help support a eurozone shaken up by fiscal debt woes, the finance minister said Friday. Japan will invest more in European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) bonds if needed, after purchasing some 20 per cent of them issued since January, Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda told reporters. "We'd like to contribute to (the emergency lending facility) at the same pace if that could help stabilise the economies of the EU," Noda said. His comments came after eurozone leaders struck a deal on a new bailout package for Greece worth 109 billion euros (US$155 billion) that will see banks and private investors also lend their support. The EFSF bailout fund will be allowed to act pre-emptively to prevent contagion including by helping refinance struggling countries' banks and buying their bonds more cheaply on so-called sec...

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