Investing.com - The Bank of Japan decided to keep its overnight
call rate unchanged at an ultra-low level and stuck to its plan to
make JPY101 trillion yen of asset purchases by the end of the year,
it announced on Thursday.
The BoJ refrained from expanding its monetary stimulus via asset
purchases at the end of the final policy meeting for Governor
Masaaki Shirakawa. The BoJ also left its policy interest-rate
target unchanged in the current range of zero to 0.1%.
A statement on monetary policy released after the announcement
showed that the Bank of Japan's nine-man policy board voted
unanimously to maintain the interest rate at its current level.
In a statement accompanying the policy decision, the Bank of Japan
said it "will pursue aggressive monetary easing through its
virtually zero interest rate policy and asset purchases" to achieve
its 2% price stability target.
The statement added that, "Japan's economy has stopped weakening."
Market focus remained on the central bank's next meeting in
early-April, which will take place after Haruhiko Kuroda becomes
the next governor of the bank.
Following the decision, the yen was higher against the U.S. dollar,
with USD/JPY shedding 0.18% to trade at 93.91.
Meanwhile, Asian stock markets were mixed. Japan's Nikkei 225 Index
rose 0.6%, Australia's ASX/200 Index fell 0.2%, while Hong Kong's
Hang Seng Index eased up 0.1%.
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