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BOJ's turbulent year in rearview mirror

From negative rates to yield-curve control and 'divine wind' from Trump victory

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda unveiled an overview of the bank's recent monetary policies on Sept. 21.

TOKYO -- The Bank of Japan was heavily criticized for unleashing negative interest rates in the early part of this year, especially since the unorthodox move largely failed to achieve its intended results. But thanks to the unexpected windfall from Donald Trump's election, the Japanese economy is ending the year on a high note.

Rocky start

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