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TOKYO, Nov 20 AFP

November 20 2012, 2:37PM

The Bank of Japan held off launching fresh easing measures on Tuesday after wrapping up a two-day policy meeting, despite growing calls for further stimulus to spur the world's third-largest economy.

The move came days after the frontrunner to become Japan's next prime minister vowed aggressive monetary easing to fix Japan's economic woes. The bank also kept interest rates unchanged at between zero and 0.1 per cent.