Masahiro Hidaka

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

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 ...

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 ...

BOJ holds course as analysts delay action calls

Jun 13, 2014

BOJ holds course as analysts delay action calls

The Bank of Japan on Friday raised its view of overseas economies while maintaining unprecedented stimulus launched as part of BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda’s bid to stoke 2 percent inflation in two years. The central bank will continue to expand the monetary base at ...

Jun 12, 2014

Big BOJ balance sheet may be inflation target's legacy

Bank of Japan officials are considering maintaining a large balance sheet for the central bank even after it achieves its inflation target, reducing the risk of a surge in long-term bond yields, sources said. Under the potential strategy, the BOJ would use cash from ...