Japan central bank keeps monetary policy unchanged

JAPAN - Japan's central bank left its monetary policy unchanged Friday amid hopes that an economic recovery is taking hold after a long slump.

The Bank of Japan decided at a policy board meeting to keep the amount of deposits that commercial banks leave at the central bank at a range of 10 trillion yen ($86 billion) to 15 trillion yen ($129 billion).

The decision had been widely expected. Although Japan's fragile economic recovery is led by exports and has yet to spark domestic demand, the gov

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