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Covid-19 impact: BOJ eases policy further, ramps up risky assets purchase

The BOJ left unchanged its short- and long-term interest rate targets buy a 7-2 vote.

Reuters  |  Tokyo 

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Bank of Japan Monday's meeting replaced a regular rate review that was initially scheduled for March 18-19

The on Monday eased monetary policy further by ramping up purchases of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and other risky assets to combat the widening economic fallout from the epidemic.

The BOJ left unchanged its short- and long-term interest rate targets buy a 7-2 vote.

"The BOJ will take additional monetary easing steps as needed without hesitation with a close eye on the impact from the epidemic for the time being," it said in a statement after a hastily called emergency meeting.

Monday's meeting replaced a regular rate review that was initially scheduled for March 18-19.

BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda will hold a news conference at 4 p.m. (0700 GMT) to explain the policy decision.

 

First Published: Mon, March 16 2020. 14:03 IST
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