BOJ maintains static view of economy

The Bank of Japan has maintained its assessment of the economy for the second straight month in January but warned of risks from weak private consumption as well as flat exports and output.

In its latest monthly report released Thursday the BOJ said "Japan's economy has stabilised as a whole, but there is still substantial uncertainty about the prospects for a recovery."

The report came a day after the central bank decided to leave monetary policy unchanged.

The BOJ said uncertainty over the sta