Japan policymakers fearful of constantly dodgy data

Jan 9, 2016

Japan policymakers fearful of constantly dodgy data

Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida joked almost 70 years ago that if Japan had kept better data, it might never have started a war with the U.S. His grandson, Finance Minister Taro Aso, worries about flawed statistics that could mislead economic policymakers today. While Japan ...

Business chiefs vow to help Japan whip deflation

Jan 5, 2016

Business chiefs vow to help Japan whip deflation

Business leaders said they will do their part to ensure that Japan emerges from years of deflation as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe steps up calls for companies to raise wages and bolster capital expenditure. The leaders of the three major business lobbies said Tuesday ...

Dec 24, 2015

Wrong-headed BOJ program

The Bank of Japan appears to be entering the realm of meddling — even indirectly — with business decisions by private-sector companies.

BOJ adjustments signal limits to monetary easing

| Dec 19, 2015

BOJ adjustments signal limits to monetary easing

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The policy adjustments announced by the Bank of Japan on Friday may indicate there are limits to the drastic monetary easing policy the central bank launched to stoke 2 percent inflation. The moves to increase the BOJ’s purchases of exchange-traded funds and broaden the ...