May 25, 2014

BOJ chief prods Abe to get moving on reforms

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has forecast victory in his battle against stubborn deflation that has sapped growth for years, but expressed impatience with the pace of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s much touted economic plan to jump-start the feeble economy. The central bank ...

May 14, 2014

Ex-BOJ policymaker sees scary inflation dilemma

The Bank of Japan faces a “terrifying dilemma” in which inflation could force it to tighten monetary policy at a time when the central bank needs to support the bond market the most, according to a former board member. There’s about a 50 percent ...

May 1, 2014

Assured BOJ foils analysts' predictions

by Toru Fujioka and Masahiro Hidaka

The confidence that Bank of Japan officials are demonstrating in achieving their inflation target is lowering the chances of additional monetary easing this year even as the economy weakens. Consumer prices excluding fresh food but not energy will increase 1.9 percent in the fiscal ...

BOJ likely to project growth of around 1.5%

Apr 28, 2014

BOJ likely to project growth of around 1.5%

The Bank of Japan is likely to forecast 1.5 percent annual growth over the next three years after its Policy Board meeting Wednesday, sources familiar with the matter said. The central bank is also expected to retain its outlook on inflation, which — excluding ...

Apr 21, 2014

Firms shifting production back to Japan

Manufacturers appear to be moving production back to Japan while the yen remains weak and labor costs rise abroad. If the trend results in an increase in domestic capital spending, it will benefit the economy, which is taking a blow from the first stage ...