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The Bank of Japan maintained its assessment Thursday on eight of nine regional economies from January, but cut its view on the Tohoku region, where production was dampened by a slowdown in emerging economies.

The BOJ kept intact its view that all regional economies are either recovering moderately or are on a recovery trend as a whole, though some regions including Shikoku and Kyushu downgraded assessments on production and housing investment.

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