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 ...

Oct 19, 2015

Ex-BOJ exec says further easing hinges on output, export data

Poor data for exports and industrial output have the potential to force the Bank of Japan into bolstering stimulus later this month, said a former chief economist for the BOJ. Weak production could destroy the picture the central bank has presented of an economy ...

Economists cut Japan growth view again, widening gap with BOJ

Aug 21, 2015

Economists cut Japan growth view again, widening gap with BOJ

Economists from Nomura Holdings Inc. to BNP Paribas SA lowered their forecasts for the economy this week, making the central bank’s growth outlook for this year look increasingly optimistic. The trigger — a second-quarter contraction reported on Monday — also led Bank of America ...

Japan can offset China yuan move by easing: Abe adviser

Aug 13, 2015

Japan can offset China yuan move by easing: Abe adviser

Japan “need not worry” about China’s devaluation of the yuan because it can always offset the effects by easing monetary policy, said an adviser to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Depreciation in China’s currency tends to boost the yen, and if external demand weakens too ...

Jul 27, 2015

Japan's economy shrank last quarter, top forecaster says

The Japanese economy likely contracted last quarter, dragged down by weak consumer spending and a slump in exports, according to a top forecaster. The world’s third-biggest economy may have shrank as much as an annualized 2.5 percent, said Yoshiki Shinke of Dai-ichi Life Research ...

Bank of Japan maintains record stimulus, trims inflation outlook

Jul 15, 2015

Bank of Japan maintains record stimulus, trims inflation outlook

The Bank of Japan’s unprecedented monetary stimulus can drive inflation to its 2 percent target, Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said as the bank left its policy unchanged and trimmed its price outlook. A slowdown in Japan’s economy is unlikely to continue this quarter while inflation ...