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On Thursday, the  Bank of Japan  (BOJ) concluded its 2-day April monetary policy review meeting and made no changes to its monetary policy settings, holding  rates  at -10bps while maintaining 10yr JGB yield target at 0.00%.

The  BOJ  vote was 8 to 1, leaving  its pledge to buy JGBs unchanged so that its holdings increase at an annual pace of around 80 trln yen.

The decision on maintaining its interest rate targets was made by a 7-2 vote with board members Goushi Kataoka and Yutaka Harada dissenting.

The central bank modified its forward guidance, adopted in July, now saying  “will keep very low-interest rates levels for extended period of time at least through around spring 2020.”