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The Bank of Japan decided Thursday to leave unchanged its ultraeasy monetary policy and the 0.5 percent official discount rate, the central bank said.

The unanimous decision was reached at a two-hour Monetary Policy Meeting, where all six Policy Board members were present, the BOJ said. On Tuesday, BOJ Gov. Yasuo Matsushita told a Lower House Budget Committee meeting that it is important to keep interest rates low for a while to help revive the entire economy.

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