Updated from 12:24 a.m. EDT

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The Bank of Japan on Wednesday kept its key interest rate unchanged at 0.1%, and said it plans to increase a lending program it introduced in December.

Japan's central bank plans to double its short-term lending program to 20 trillion yen ($221.3 billion) from 10 trillion yen.

The Nikkei 225 stock average in Tokyo rose 0.6% to 10,788.15.

-- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York.

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