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Nikkei's gains rein in BOJ's fund purchasing

Concerns rise that central bank may not hit annual goal

The Bank of Japan's ETF portfolio has climbed to roughly 22 trillion yen.

TOKYO -- The sustained upswing by the Japanese stock market has apparently put a large chunk of the Bank of Japan's plan to purchase exchange-traded funds on hold.

As part of its massive monetary easing program, the BOJ aims to purchase 5.7 trillion yen ($50 billion) worth of ETFs annually. The vehicles are maintained by trust banks and track the Nikkei Stock Average and other indexes.

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