Japan's central bankkept interest rates steadybetween 0.0%and0.10%, yet decided to pumpliquidityinthe financial markets, a total of 15 trillion yen (183 billion dollar), in an attempt to bring stability to the economy.

An earthquake of a magnitude of 8.9 hitJapanon Friday, causing a tsunami, which devastated the northern east cost of the country, and led to the explosion of the atomic reactor numberonein thecityVukishema. The possibility of the other reactors exploding continues.