By Leika Kihara TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari said on Friday it was premature for the Bank of Japan to consider an exit strategy from its massive stimulus program as the economy has only just begun emerging from 15 years of grinding deflation. On whether the BOJ should consider easing monetary policy further, Amari said that was a decision the central bank ought to make based on whether Japan's economy was heading towards the bank's 2 percent inflation target on schedule. "The BOJ has expressed strong determination that it won't hesitate to take further action if (the timing for meeting the target) is not on schedule," Amari said in an interview at a Reuters Newsmaker event. "If the BOJ judges that it's not on schedule, I think the central bank will decide on its own (to act)," he said.
The wife of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling insisted she had the power to sell the basketball team, in feisty testimony a day after he called her a "pig" in court. Shelly Sterling, who is separated from her husband but not divorced, smiled and exchanged pleasantries with lawyers and the judge on Thursday -- but firmly disputed claims by Donald Sterling's lawyer Maxwell Blecher. On the fourth day of the trial, Blecher focused his questions on email exchanges between Shelly Sterling's lawyers and a medical expert who diagnosed her husband with Alzheimer's Disease.