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Unpredictable market reactions leave BOJ in bind

TOKYO -- Although weakening economic conditions in Japan seem to merit further monetary easing, the Bank of Japan's options risk adding to the turmoil, leaving the central bank stuck between a rock and a hard place.

     The results of the March Tankan business sentiment survey released Friday indicate a loss of confidence. But a top BOJ official said the decline was "within expectations," suggesting that the central bank considers it unnecessary to adjust its views significantly.

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