BOJ maintains policy, sees slight inflation

The Bank of Japan kept its ultra-loose monetary policy on Friday 29 October to support the economy and forecast there could be a slight rise in inflation next year, although that would not necessarily mean a change in its stance on interest rates, it said.

In its semi-annual Outlook for Economic Activity and Prices, the BOJ said core consumer inflation, should "increase slightly" in the year to March 2006, signalling an end to years of deflation.

However, at the same time it cautioned that unce

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