URGENT ¥¥¥ BoJ ends meeting with no fresh policy measures

The Bank of Japan wrapped up its last policy meeting under governor Masaaki Shirakawa on Thursday, announcing no fresh policy measures but offering an upbeat assessment of the economy.

The BoJ, which also left rates unchanged at zero to 0.1 percent, said the world's third-largest economy has "stopped weakening" and is "expected to level off more or less for the time being".