BOJ expected to keep same policy

JAPAN - Japan's economy may be showing signs of emerging from its worst postwar downturn, but analysts expect the Bank of Japan to be alert to risks the U.S. upturn may lose momentum and send Japan deeper into recession.

The BOJ's Policy Board, which begins a two-day meeting on Monday, still needs to tackle Japan's inner weaknesses -- chiefly three years of deflation and a debt-laden banking sector -- before sharing the budding optimism in the rest of the world.

The board is expected to keep it

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