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Japan considers 'all options' to stem yen's rapid slide

Finance Ministry official hints at possible intervention as currency falls past 144

Japan's Ministry of Finance and others are concerned about the weakening yen.

TOKYO -- A senior Finance Ministry official said Thursday that Japan's government was prepared to take any necessary action to address the yen's rapid depreciation.

Masato Kanda, Japan's top currency official, made the comment after a meeting between the Ministry of Finance, the Financial Services Agency and the Bank of Japan following the yen's slide past 144 to the dollar.

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