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Special report: After a bashing, BOJ weighs "big bang" war on deflation

Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, in this file photo taken November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao/Files

Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, in this file photo taken November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao/Files

Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, in this file photo taken November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao/Files
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Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, in this file photo taken November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao/Files

Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, in this file photo taken November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao/Files

Bank of Japan Governor Masaaki Shirakawa speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, in this file photo taken November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao/Files
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Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) lawmaker and former prime minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech after he was chosen as the party president during the party presidential election at the party headquarters in Tokyo, in this file photo taken September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files

Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) lawmaker and former prime minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech after he was chosen as the party president during the party presidential election at the party headquarters in Tokyo, in this...more

Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) lawmaker and former prime minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech after he was chosen as the party president during the party presidential election at the party headquarters in Tokyo, in this file photo taken September 26, 2012. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files
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Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (C) and his party's lawmakers raise their fists as they pledge to win in the upcoming election at their party's meeting after the dissolution of the lower house in Tokyo, in this file photo taken November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Files

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (C) and his party's lawmakers raise their fists as they pledge to win in the upcoming election at their party's meeting after the dissolution of the lower house in Tokyo, in this file photo taken November 16,...more

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (C) and his party's lawmakers raise their fists as they pledge to win in the upcoming election at their party's meeting after the dissolution of the lower house in Tokyo, in this file photo taken November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Files
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Men walk past a discount ticket shop, selling various cut priced tickets, from train and airline tickets to consumer goods gift certificates, in Tokyo, in this file photo taken May 27, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files

Men walk past a discount ticket shop, selling various cut priced tickets, from train and airline tickets to consumer goods gift certificates, in Tokyo, in this file photo taken May 27, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files

Men walk past a discount ticket shop, selling various cut priced tickets, from train and airline tickets to consumer goods gift certificates, in Tokyo, in this file photo taken May 27, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files
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A girl who has been isolated at a makeshift facility to screen, cleanse and isolate people with high radiation levels, looks at her dog through a window in Nihonmatsu, northern Japan, in this file photo taken March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao/Files

A girl who has been isolated at a makeshift facility to screen, cleanse and isolate people with high radiation levels, looks at her dog through a window in Nihonmatsu, northern Japan, in this file photo taken March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko...more

A girl who has been isolated at a makeshift facility to screen, cleanse and isolate people with high radiation levels, looks at her dog through a window in Nihonmatsu, northern Japan, in this file photo taken March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao/Files
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A man walks past an electronic board displaying market indices outside a brokerage in Tokyo, in this file photo taken September 26, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files

A man walks past an electronic board displaying market indices outside a brokerage in Tokyo, in this file photo taken September 26, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files

A man walks past an electronic board displaying market indices outside a brokerage in Tokyo, in this file photo taken September 26, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files
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Bank of Japan board member Takehiro Sato speaks during an interview with Reuters at the central bank in Tokyo, in this file photo taken September 26, 2012. Japan's central bank has come under mounting political pressure over its ineffectual response to the country's long-standing trend of falling prices. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao/Files

Bank of Japan board member Takehiro Sato speaks during an interview with Reuters at the central bank in Tokyo, in this file photo taken September 26, 2012. Japan's central bank has come under mounting political pressure over its ineffectual response...more

Bank of Japan board member Takehiro Sato speaks during an interview with Reuters at the central bank in Tokyo, in this file photo taken September 26, 2012. Japan's central bank has come under mounting political pressure over its ineffectual response to the country's long-standing trend of falling prices. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao/Files
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A salesperson shouts to advertise his goods at a market in Tokyo, in this file photo taken September 27, 2012. Japan's central bank has come under mounting political pressure over its ineffectual response to the country's long-standing trend of falling prices. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Files

A salesperson shouts to advertise his goods at a market in Tokyo, in this file photo taken September 27, 2012. Japan's central bank has come under mounting political pressure over its ineffectual response to the country's long-standing trend of...more

A salesperson shouts to advertise his goods at a market in Tokyo, in this file photo taken September 27, 2012. Japan's central bank has come under mounting political pressure over its ineffectual response to the country's long-standing trend of falling prices. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Files
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A wave from the tsunami crashes over a seawall in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck the area, in this file photo taken March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Miyako City Office/Handout/Files

A wave from the tsunami crashes over a seawall in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck the area, in this file photo taken March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Miyako City Office/Handout/Files

A wave from the tsunami crashes over a seawall in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck the area, in this file photo taken March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Miyako City Office/Handout/Files
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A woman reacts while using a mobile phone as she looks at her house destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in Kessenuma town, in Miyagi prefecture, in this file photo taken March 28, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files

A woman reacts while using a mobile phone as she looks at her house destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in Kessenuma town, in Miyagi prefecture, in this file photo taken March 28, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files

A woman reacts while using a mobile phone as she looks at her house destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami in Kessenuma town, in Miyagi prefecture, in this file photo taken March 28, 2011. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/Files
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A house lies damaged in a river going through Kesennuma City, in this file photo taken March 15, 2011, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Adrees Latif/Files

A house lies damaged in a river going through Kesennuma City, in this file photo taken March 15, 2011, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Adrees Latif/Files

A house lies damaged in a river going through Kesennuma City, in this file photo taken March 15, 2011, days after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. REUTERS/Adrees Latif/Files
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Bank of Japan (BOJ) board member Takahide Kiuchi attends a joint news conference at the BOJ headquarters in Tokyo, in this file photo taken July 24, 2012. Japan's central bank has come under mounting political pressure over its ineffectual response to the country's long-standing trend of falling prices. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Files

Bank of Japan (BOJ) board member Takahide Kiuchi attends a joint news conference at the BOJ headquarters in Tokyo, in this file photo taken July 24, 2012. Japan's central bank has come under mounting political pressure over its ineffectual response...more

Bank of Japan (BOJ) board member Takahide Kiuchi attends a joint news conference at the BOJ headquarters in Tokyo, in this file photo taken July 24, 2012. Japan's central bank has come under mounting political pressure over its ineffectual response to the country's long-standing trend of falling prices. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Files
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JAPAN-BOJ: Graphic shows central bank assets as % of GDP, BOJ intervention and Japan Debt to GDP ratio

JAPAN-BOJ: Graphic shows central bank assets as % of GDP, BOJ intervention and Japan Debt to GDP ratio

JAPAN-BOJ: Graphic shows central bank assets as % of GDP, BOJ intervention and Japan Debt to GDP ratio
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