Bank of Japan stays put

The Bank of Japan left its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 0.5% on Thursday. Only one board member, Atsushi Mizuno, opposed the decision and voted for a rate rise.

Explaining the decision, Toshihiko Fukui, the governor of the Bank of Japan, said after the two-day meeting that board members want to examine more data before increasing borrowing costs.

"There is no change in our expectations that the economy will continue this lasting growth," Fukui said at a news briefing.

He added that al