BOJ to consider all possible easing measures

Bank of Japan board member Hidehiko Haru said Wednesday the central bank would consider all possible easing measures, including unorthodox steps, if economic and financial conditions warrant such a move. The Bank is under great pressure to get the Japanese economy out of its deflationary spiral.

Mr. Haru also said the BOJ could increase further its purchases of Japanese government bonds, or JGBs, and may consider scrapping or changing its limit on JGB holdings.

"The BOJ basically needs to

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