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Bank of Japan weighs further easing with eye on US and Europe

Push against stronger yen risks blow to ailing banks and investors

As the major global central banks move toward easing, the BOJ ponders its next move.

TOKYO -- With the U.S. and European central banks eyeing further monetary easing, the Bank of Japan faces a difficult decision on whether to follow suit in order to keep the yen from strengthening too far.

The BOJ signaled openness to the idea at its policy meeting Tuesday. But after years of ultralow rates and massive asset purchases by Japan's central bank, it is unclear how much of an impact such a move can still make -- and what the side effects would be.

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