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BRIEF-Fitch Affirms Japan At 'A'; Outlook Stable

Feb 2 (Reuters) - Fitch Ratings:

* FITCH AFFIRMS JAPAN AT 'A'; OUTLOOK STABLE

* FITCH SAYS EXPECTS JAPAN'S BROAD POLICY CONTINUITY IN COMING YEAR

* FITCH, ON JAPAN, SAYS IN ADDITION TO LOW INTEREST RATES, POSITIVE NOMINAL GDP GROWTH HAS KEPT TRAJECTORY OF JAPAN'S PUBLIC DEBT IN CHECK

* FITCH, ON JAPAN, SAYS DOWNSIDE RISKS HAVE EMERGED FROM SPREAD OF WUHAN CORONAVIRUS

* FITCH SAYS EXPECT JAPAN'S INFLATION TO REMAIN MUTED IN 2020 AFTER PICKING UP SLIGHTLY TO 0.8% IN DECEMBER 2019

* FITCH SAYS EXPECTS JAPAN'S BROAD POLICY CONTINUITY IN COMING YEAR

* FITCH SAYS JAPAN COULD FEEL SOME NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF TRADE DIVERSION GIVEN CHINA'S COMMITMENT TO INCREASE IMPORTS OF US GOODS

* FITCH SAYS PROJECTS JAPAN'S 2020 FISCAL DEFICIT FOR GENERAL GOVERNMENT AT 3.1% OF GDP, UNCHANGED FROM OUR ESTIMATE OF OUTTURN IN 2019

* FITCH ON JAPAN SAYS DO NOT EXPECT CHANGES IN BOJ'S POLICY SETTINGS UNDER ITS YIELD-CURVE CONTROL FRAMEWORK Source text for Eikon: