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BOJ opts for flexible bond buying and adopts forward guidance

Central bank moves to ease side effects of negative interest rate

TOKYO -- The Bank of Japan on Tuesday made slight adjustments to its monetary policy to enhance the sustainability of its current easing measures. The changes are designed to make the policy framework more flexible.

The BOJ policy board left its benchmark short-term interest rate at minus 0.1% and its long-term interest rate near zero.

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