Bank of Japan under political pressure to boost economy
20 November 2012 Last updated at 02:34 GMT
The Bank of Japan is coming under increasing political pressure, from the current government and a potential future administration, to do more to boost the country's economy.
As Japan heads for a general election, the rival political parties are pressing the central bank to boost its stimulus measures.
However, as the BBC's Tokyo correspondent, Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, explains, the political interference threatens to undermine the independence of the central bank.