BOJ bought Y1.9100 trn shares from banks to 10 Jan

The Bank of Japan said on Wednesday it had bought a total of 1.9100 trillion yen ($17.98 billion) of shares held by Japanese banks by January 10 under its programme aimed at reducing the banks' exposure to stock market volatility.

The figure, shown on the central bank's financial statement released every 10 days, was up marginally from 1.9072 trillion yen as of December 31.

Under the programme, which began in late 2002, the BOJ plans to buy up to three trillion yen of shares from banks by Septe