Masahiro Hidaka

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

BOJ's 2015 stimulus reluctance spurs debate over tapering

Jun 24, 2015

BOJ's 2015 stimulus reluctance spurs debate over tapering

With its reluctance to add to record monetary stimulus even as inflation remains well below its target, the Bank of Japan has stoked speculation about it scaling back its asset purchases as soon as early 2016. Economists in recent weeks have been re-examining the ...

Kuroda ally says yen's excessive strength now corrected

Jun 4, 2015

Kuroda ally says yen's excessive strength now corrected

The excessive strength in the yen that damaged Japanese manufacturing in recent years has now been corrected, according to an ally of Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda. “The abnormally strong yen has been corrected,” said Yutaka Harada, who joined the central bank’s Policy ...

BOJ refrains from boosting stimulus after growth picks up

May 22, 2015

BOJ refrains from boosting stimulus after growth picks up

The Bank of Japan refrained from increasing monetary stimulus, as Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda bets on stronger growth fueling inflation that is one-tenth the BOJ’s target. The central bank will continue to boost the monetary base at an annual pace of ¥80 trillion, it said ...

Soccer still a refuge for BOJ staff

Apr 15, 2015

Soccer still a refuge for BOJ staff

The Bank of Japan officials huddle: they’re planning a counterattack. It’s half-time, on a balmy Saturday afternoon in October on a soccer field in Machida, western Tokyo, and the central bank’s team has just seen their 1-0 lead vanish with an equalizer by Japan ...

Feb 13, 2015

BOJ sees extra stimulus as counterproductive for now

Bank of Japan policymakers view further monetary easing to shore up inflation as a counterproductive step at present, amid concern it could trigger declines in the yen that damage confidence, sources said. The yen strengthened after the remarks, which indicate a possible shift in ...