Sep 11, 2014

BOJ adviser Kawai urges Abe to proceed with second tax hike

The Abe administration should proceed with the next consumption tax hike as planned to signal it is serious about reining in the world’s biggest debt burden, an adviser to Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said. Annualized growth of 2.5 percent or more this ...

Sep 4, 2014

BOJ keeps easing in place as headwinds against inflation grow

The Bank of Japan kept its record stimulus unchanged Thursday as Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda looks to keep stoking inflation and boost economic momentum that’s been sapped by a higher sales tax. The bank kept its pledge to increase the monetary base at an annual ...

Sep 3, 2014

BOJ expected to stay rosy as policy meeting starts

The Bank of Japan opened a two-day policy meeting Wednesday, with market watchers expecting the central bank to keep policy steady and exude economic optimism despite negative fallout from the first stage of the consumption tax hike in April. The BOJ was set to ...

Aug 20, 2014

Skepticism over Abe's inflation goal grows as price gauge retreats

Traders are growing more skeptical Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will achieve his 2 percent inflation target after a sales tax increase derailed growth. The 10-year break-even rate, a gauge of expectations for consumer-price gains in inflation-linked bonds, dropped to 1.16 percent Tuesday, the lowest ...

Some BOJ policymakers concerned about production shift overseas

Aug 13, 2014

Some BOJ policymakers concerned about production shift overseas

A few Bank of Japan policymakers pointed out during their meeting last month that structural factors such as firms shifting production abroad could continue to cap exports. During the July 14-15 meeting, the BOJ Policy Board maintained its assessment that “exports have recently leveled ...

Aug 13, 2014

Homebuyers in Japan seen at risk amid floating-rate loan rush

Japanese homebuyers are piling into floating-rate mortgages, stirring debate over whether they are too complacent as Bank of Japan stimulus revives inflation. The proportion of home loans with adjustable rates climbed to 42.8 percent of Japan’s new lending in February, the highest since December, ...

Aug 11, 2014

Japan's M3 money supply rose 2.4% in July

Japan’s M3 money supply increased 2.4 percent in July from a year before, after rising 2.5 percent rise the month before, the Bank of Japan said in a preliminary report Monday. The pace of growth slowed for the sixth straight month due to an ...