TOKYO (Reuters) – Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Monday the central bank would stick to monetary easing to support the economy for the time being so as to achieve sustainable and stable inflation accompanied by wage growth.

“We are at a stage where we will continue monetary easing to firmly back economic activity at present,” Kuroda told a meeting with business leaders in Osaka in western Japan.

(Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto)