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Extension of Period for Stock Purchase

September 16, 2003
Bank of Japan

The Policy Board of the Bank of Japan decided today to extend the period for purchasing stocks from banks by one year to end-September 2004.

The Board made this decision based on the following perceptions.

  1. Some banks still hold stocks in excess of their Tier I capital, although recent data show a decrease in bank stockholdings.
  2. A potential demand for the Bank's stock purchase program still exists as a way to reduce bank stockholdings.

Application of the Stock Purchase Guidelines remains unchanged except for the period of stock purchase.