LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Japanese Finance Minister Kaoru Yosano said Friday that he is "convinced" domestic stock prices will turn upward at some point and that he was disappointed by the recent fall in Japan's equities, according to reported comments. "Stock prices are a leading indicator of Japan's economic conditions, so it is very disappointing that [the benchmark Nikkei 225 Average], which was around 10,000 a while ago, is now near 9,000," Yosano was quoted as saying in a Dow Jones Newswires report. "But I am convinced that stock prices will eventually turn upward," he said. The comments came as Japan's Economics Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said that deflation remains a key concern for the nation. "We have to manage this economy and explain our policies carefully to make sure concerns about deflation don't become a reality,'" he was quoted as saying in a Reuters report. The Bank of Japan said Friday that the nation's wholesale prices were a record 6.6% lower in June than they were a year earlier. The result was a heavier drop than the 6.3% fall forecast in a survey of economist by Kyodo News. From May, the index was down 0.3%. Export prices were down 12.8% on year in June, while import prices were 32.2% lower. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/japan-minister-says-stocks-will-rise-eventually Why nbot start a government sponsored buy program - like in the US ?