Japanese National Strategy Minister Satoshi Arai said on Wednesday the Bank of Japan has been making great efforts in cooperation with the government to beat deflation.

The government has strengthened its cooperation with the BOJ through regular talks. The bank has been responsive in this regard ... It has taken various monetary policy steps and is making great efforts together with the government, Arai, also economics minister, told reporters in a group interview. (Reporting by Rie Ishiguro)