Japan's central bank on Thursday struck an optimistic note about the economy, using the word "recover" for the first time in more than two years and pointing to a pick-up in investment as well as consumer and business confidence.
Shoppers push shopping carts an Aeon supermarket in Tokyo in January. The Bank of Japan says the outlook for the world's number three economy is looking up, as brighter corporate and consumer spirits encourage spending.
The Bank of Japan left its vast monetary easing programme -- a huge bond-buying scheme unveiled in April -- unchanged, saying the situation for the world's number three economy was looking up.
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