Japan Cuts Interest Rate to Zero

Japan's central bank has cut its key interest rate to a range of 0% to 0.1%, effectively introducing a zero-interest-rate policy.

The unanimous vote came Tuesday after a two-day meeting of the Bank of Japan's nine-member policy board.

The central bank had not changed the overnight call rate target since December 2008, when it set the rate at 0.1%.

The decision underscores growing worries about the Japanese economy, which is being battered by a strong yen and persistent deflation. Recent economic indicators point toward weakening growth.

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