Chikako Mogi

For Chikako Mogi's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Ex-currency chief fears BOJ exit nightmare on debt pile

Apr 22, 2015

Ex-currency chief fears BOJ exit nightmare on debt pile

Government debt twice the size of the economy will make exiting stimulus a nightmare for Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda, according to the nation’s former top currency official. Makoto Utsumi, who oversaw foreign-exchange policy at the Finance Ministry from 1989 to 1991, said ...

Kuroda's inflation optimism challenged by cash register data

Mar 27, 2015

Kuroda's inflation optimism challenged by cash register data

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda’s optimism that he can meet the 2 percent inflation target is getting a reality check at the nation’s cash registers. Analysis of scanner data for about 350,000 products at 300 supermarkets across Japan shows costs are falling, says ...

Weak yen puts Japan at risk of recession, says ex-BOJ deputy

Sep 22, 2014

Weak yen puts Japan at risk of recession, says ex-BOJ deputy

Japan is in danger of falling into a recession as the yen’s decline reduces the purchasing power of households and squeezes corporate profits, according to a former deputy governor of the Bank of Japan. “The current yen weakness is slightly excessive,” Kazumasa Iwata, the ...

Women's work culture under fire

Sep 12, 2014

Women's work culture under fire

One morning in February, the government personnel department began an experiment in a nondescript building in a Tokyo residential area that could end up rewriting the rules of the nation’s powerful bureaucracy. For the first time, it invited 19 women from different ministries to ...