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Bank of Japan in boldest attempt yet to revive economy

Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa (L) and Finance Minister Taro Aso attend a joint news conference with Economics Minister Akira Amari after their briefing to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) in Tokyo January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa (L) and Finance Minister Taro Aso attend a joint news conference with Economics Minister Akira Amari after their briefing to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) in Tokyo January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Kim...more

Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa (L) and Finance Minister Taro Aso attend a joint news conference with Economics Minister Akira Amari after their briefing to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) in Tokyo January 22, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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People walk past a street covered with snow in front of the Bank of Japan in Tokyo January 15, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT)

People walk past a street covered with snow in front of the Bank of Japan in Tokyo January 15, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT)

People walk past a street covered with snow in front of the Bank of Japan in Tokyo January 15, 2013. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT)
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