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Japan shares soar, yen skids after BOJ stuns with more easing steps

Japanese stocks jumped more than 5 percent and the yen skidded to nearly seven-year lows against the dollar on Friday after the Bank of Japan surprised markets with fresh easing steps that it called a pre-emptive move to stoke inflation. The Nikkei stock average rallied 3.9 percent after Japan's central bank said it would purchase more shares of exchange-traded funds and real estate investment trusts, extend the…