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BOJ to snip GDP, inflation forecasts for 2015, 2016

Oct 23, 2015

BOJ to snip GDP, inflation forecasts for 2015, 2016

The Bank of Japan will cut its growth and inflation outlook for this fiscal year at a rate review next week, but only slightly tweak its projections for next year, sources said, possibly tempering expectations that the central bank will soon ease monetary policy ...

Worries over Chinese yuan put BOJ in a bind

Aug 20, 2015

Worries over Chinese yuan put BOJ in a bind

China’s devaluation of the yuan exposes an undefended flank in the Bank of Japan’s efforts to jolt its flagging economy out of decades of deflation, which rely heavily on a solid pick-up in overseas demand. A growing number of Japan’s central bankers are privately ...

Japan using robots as fix for labor, growth woes

Jul 5, 2015

Japan using robots as fix for labor, growth woes

Factory worker Satomi Iwata has new coworkers, a troupe of humanoid automata that are helping to address two of Japan’s most pressing concerns — a shortage of labor and a need for growth. The 19 robots, which cost her employer Glory Ltd. about ¥7.4 ...

Spending slump casts doubt on Bank of Japan optimism

| May 29, 2015

Spending slump casts doubt on Bank of Japan optimism

Household spending slumped unexpectedly in April and consumer inflation came in roughly flat, casting doubt on the central bank’s view that a steady economic recovery will help move inflation toward its ambitious 2 percent target. Households spent less on leisure and dining out even ...