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Today’s top news: January 18, 2023 Japan Times-Despite speculation of shift, BOJ maintains dovish policies

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Despite speculation of shift, BOJ maintains dovish policies
The Bank of Japan said it will maintain its monetary easing policy, including its short-term interest rate at minus 0.1%.
At long last, Japan’s startup scene may finally be ready to take big leap forward
The president of Cambridge Innovation Center Japan is among those feeling bullish that Japan’s startup scene is on the right track, thanks in part to …
Tokyo court upholds acquittal for ex-Tepco executives over Fukushima nuclear crisis
The court’s decision followed a 2019 ruling that the utility’s former chairman and two former vice presidents could not have predicted the massive tsunami that …
Japan’s November core machinery orders fall further than expected
Separate survey data showed confidence at big Japanese manufacturers had logged the first negative reading in two years.
U.S. and Japan lay foundation for new era of joint space exploration
A recent agreement appears to focus on increasing efficiencies between NASA and JAXA, particularly in the U.S.-led, multinational Artemis program.
Coinbase stops Japan operations after slump in digital assets
Coinbase Global is halting operations in Japan, giving customers until Feb. 16 to withdraw their fiat and crypto holdings.

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