Masahiro Hidaka

For Masahiro Hidaka's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

BOJ faces new challenges when stimulus measures end

/ Mar 21, 2017

BOJ faces new challenges when stimulus measures end

While Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has underscored how much work still lies ahead, when the central bank does finally hit its inflation target and exits stimulus, it is likely to face huge balance sheet losses. Kuroda has brushed off the need to ...

BOJ increasingly worried by strong yen, insiders say

/ Apr 22, 2016

BOJ increasingly worried by strong yen, insiders say

Having adopted a negative interest rate on some excess reserves to penalize financial institutions for leaving money idle, the Bank of Japan may consider helping them lend by offering a negative rate on some loans, according to people familiar with talks at the BOJ. ...

BOJ officials 'disappointed' with unambitious salary talks

/ Jan 20, 2016

BOJ officials 'disappointed' with unambitious salary talks

Bank of Japan officials are increasingly expressing disappointment at subdued annual wage talks, according to people familiar with the discussions, making next week’s monetary-policy decision a closer call. Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has said publicly that pay raises have been muted given the tighter jobs ...