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Kuroda leads BOJ to a policy crossroads

Jul 30, 2016

Kuroda leads BOJ to a policy crossroads

After more than three years of pumping out cheap money that has failed to secure its inflation target, the Bank of Japan has signaled a rethink. Instead of buying yet more government bonds, cutting interest rates or pushing further into uncharted territory, the BOJ ...

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. ...

Kuroda ally says BOJ should use easing now rather than later

Apr 15, 2016

Kuroda ally says BOJ should use easing now rather than later

The Bank of Japan should expand already-record stimulus at its April meeting, as a wait-and-see stance risks further appreciation of the yen, according to Takatoshi Ito, a former colleague of BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda. “It would be better for the BOJ to act in ...

Apr 11, 2016

BOJ's backfire hangs over central bankers as IMF meetings start

The world’s central bankers, already hitting the limits of their effectiveness on growth and inflation, are now contending with another risk: that additional stimulus could produce lackluster results and undercut investor confidence. The Bank of Japan’s decision in January to take interest rates negative ...

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 ...

Kuroda sows doubts on further easing among some BOJ watchers

Nov 2, 2015

Kuroda sows doubts on further easing among some BOJ watchers

After twice this year putting off his inflation target yet declining to step up monetary stimulus, Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has discouraged some analysts from thinking he’ll ever boost policy again. Forty-four percent of economists surveyed by Bloomberg had expected a move ...