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BOJ holds rate but Kuroda grows 'more positive' about extra easing

Japanese central bank keeps powder dry while Fed and ECB cut rates

BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda explains the central bank's policy stance in Tokyo on Sept. 19. (Photo by Arisa Moriyama)

TOKYO -- Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda on Thursday said he is "more positive" about the idea of additional monetary easing than he was after the central bank's previous policy meeting in July, given rising risks to the global economy.

Nevertheless, he stopped short of committing himself to new measures when the board convenes again on Oct. 30-31.

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