- The Bank of Japan voted unanimously on Friday to keep its monetary base target of buying Japanese government bonds and repeated that the economy is recovering moderately under ultra-loose monetary policy.

"The Bank of Japan will conduct money market operations so that the monetary base will increase at an annual pace of about ¥60 to ¥70 trillion," the BoJ said.

On the current economic climate, the BoJ repeated its overall assessment, saying,"Japan''s economy has continued to recover moderately as a trend, although the subsequent decline in demand following the front-loaded increase prior to the consumption tax hike has been observed."

BoJ and government policymakers have said the drag from the April sales tax hike to 8% from 5% appears to be easing. The latest government surveys have also shown that consumer sentiment rebounded in May.

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