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A government representative called on the Bank of Japan to ensure corporate funding at the central bank’s Oct. 13-14 policy meeting, at which policymakers discussed when to end emergency funding measures, according to the meeting’s minutes released Thursday.

The government expected the BOJ “to carefully examine market developments and take appropriate measures to facilitate the flow of funds to firms, because they continued to face a harsh business environment and difficulty in securing funding,” Keisuke Tsumura, parliamentary secretary of the Cabinet Office, was quoted as saying.

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