Masaaki Shirakawa

Masaaki Shirakawa

FILE - In this April 20, 2012 file photo, Bank of Japan Gov. Masaaki Shirakawa takes his seat during a G-20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting at the IMF and World Bank Group Spring Meetings in Washington. The Bank of Japan, ending a two-day policy board meeting Thursday, Dec. 20, further loosened its super-easy monetary policy, pumping more money into the financial system by expanding its asset purchase program by about 10 trillion yen ($119 billion) for a total of 101 trillion yen ($1.2 billion). (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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