TOKYO, April 16 (Reuters) - Japanese Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki said on Tuesday he was closely watching currency moves and will take a "thorough response as needed" after the dollar surged to a fresh 34-year high.

The dollar hovered around 154.15 yen after breaching the 154 yen level in Asia on late Monday, the highest since June 1990. (Reporting by Satoshi Sugiyama; Editing by Sonali Paul)