Jul 31, 2014

Japan flirts with recession; planned tax hike in doubt

Japan could be flirting with recession after the weakest factory output since 2011, which, following a surprising fall in exports last week, could pressure the central bank to ease policy and complicate a decision on whether to raise taxes. The severe contraction in output ...

Japan close to beating deflation: BOJ deputy chief

Jul 23, 2014

Japan close to beating deflation: BOJ deputy chief

Japan is closer to conquering chronic deflation with monetary policy working as hoped, Bank of Japan Deputy Gov. Hiroshi Nakaso said Wednesday. “Japan’s economy is likely to achieve an inflation rate of about 2 percent in or around fiscal 2015, and thereafter gradually shift ...

Jul 15, 2014

BOJ stays the course toward 2% inflation

The Bank of Japan on Tuesday kept its record stimulus unchanged and forecast inflation will pick up to its 2 percent price target. The central bank stuck with its goal of an annual increase in the monetary base of between ¥60 trillion and ¥70 ...

Companies expect stable inflation to set in

Jul 2, 2014

Companies expect stable inflation to set in

Companies are forecasting sustained price gains, providing support for the Bank of Japan’s campaign to generate stable inflation. They forecast inflation of 1.5 percent per year, unchanged from three months ago, the BOJ reported Wednesday. Companies see prices rising 1.6 percent from a year ...

Jun 22, 2014

BOJ 'tankan' to show downturn in biz sentiment

Private think tanks expect the Bank of Japan’s “tankan” quarterly survey to June will show a deterioration in business sentiment among large manufacturers for the first time in six quarters. Among 16 think tanks, the average estimate on the headline diffusion index for large ...

Jun 19, 2014

BOJ exec shrugs off tax increase slowdown fears

A Bank of Japan policymaker Thursday shrugged off the possibility that the consumption tax hike on April 1 could significantly slow the economy, echoing the central bank’s bright projections. “Although being affected by strong demand before and a decline following (the April 1 tax ...

Jun 18, 2014

BOJ now nation's biggest creditor

The Bank of Japan has become the single biggest holder of domestic government bonds for the first time, data showed Wednesday, underscoring the scale of its monetary easing program. The central bank has been aggressively buying Japanese government bonds since unveiling a stimulus plan ...