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Bank of Japan Gov. Masaaki Shirakawa, sixth from the bottom at right side, prepares to attend a meeting with branch managers at its headquarters in Tokyo Tuesday, Jan. 15. 2013. The governor of Japan's central bank says it will persist in easing monetary conditions as it tries to pull the country out of a deflationary slump.  (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE

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