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Confident of recovery, Bank of Japan eyes stimulus exit

May 27, 2014

Confident of recovery, Bank of Japan eyes stimulus exit

The Bank of Japan has begun shifting its focus from supporting growth to phasing out its massive stimulus, taking the first tentative steps toward a potentially momentous move for the world economy. Current and former central bankers familiar with internal discussions say an informal ...

Weak exports, not tax hike, could shake BOJ

| May 12, 2014

Weak exports, not tax hike, could shake BOJ

The Bank of Japan is increasingly confident that the economy is weathering the recent tax increase and on its way out of deflation, but another threat to that optimistic scenario is lurking in the form of weak exports. If shipments abroad continue to fall ...