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6/17, 7:33 AM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Asia shares mixed as BoJ keeps rates unchanged

Major stock markets in the Asia-Pacific region were mixed on Friday following Wall Street's losses, prompted by the Bank of Japan's decision to keep the interest rate target unchanged at a negative 0.1%, as the Japanese central bank remained focused on monitoring the impact of inflation on the country's economy.

Japan's Nikkei 225 plunged 400 points or 1.50% at 7:18 am CET, and South Korea's Kospi recorded a 0.69% loss at the same time. In addition, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 plunged by 1.84% at 7:19 am CET.

In mainland China, the Shenzhen Composite increased by 0.45% at 7:15 am CET. The Shanghai Composite was also 0.52% in the green at 7:23 am CET. Meanwhile, Hong Kong's Hang Seng soared 230 points or 1.13% at 7:21 am CET.

The American dollar was 1.28% higher against the Japanese yen, to change hands for ¥133.86550 at 7:25 am CET.

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