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The Wall Street Journal: Bank of Japan keeps rates unchanged, gives no hint of future plans

TOKYO — The Bank of Japan left its aggressive easing policy unchanged Friday and offered no new clues on when and how it might join other major central banks in winding down its measures as Haruhiko Kuroda heads toward a second five-year term as governor.

The Japanese central bank voted 8-1 to maintain its target for 10-year Japanese government bond yields at around zero and its short-term deposit rate at minus 0.1%, extending its holding pattern on its current policy settings to a year and a half.

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The bank also stuck with its pledge to buy government bonds at an annual rate of 80 trillion yen ($750 billion), a passage seen by investors as a symbolic gauge of its commitment to easing.

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