Oct 24, 2015

Views mixed over BOJ easing after Aso's remarks

Finance Minister Taro Aso’s remarks Friday brushing aside an immediate need for additional monetary easing by the Bank of Japan helped create mixed views among financial market players over whether it will take action at its next policy-setting meeting, set for Friday. Expectations had ...

BOJ to snip GDP, inflation forecasts for 2015, 2016

Oct 23, 2015

BOJ to snip GDP, inflation forecasts for 2015, 2016


The Bank of Japan will cut its growth and inflation outlook for this fiscal year at a rate review next week, but only slightly tweak its projections for next year, sources said, possibly tempering expectations that the central bank will soon ease monetary policy ...

Kuroda effect seen as homebuyers choose fixed-rate mortgages

Oct 22, 2015

Kuroda effect seen as homebuyers choose fixed-rate mortgages

Homebuyers are starting to bet that the unprecedented monetary easing of Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda will cause interest rates to rise, even as inflation stagnates well below the official 2 percent inflation target. Sixty-one percent of new home loans had a fixed ...

Oct 19, 2015

All regional economies still 'recovering moderately': BOJ

The Bank of Japan on Monday kept its assessment of the nation’s nine regional economies the same in the second quarter amid improving capital investment and employment, despite trouble in China and emerging markets. It used the phrase “recovering” or “recovering moderately” to describe ...

Oct 17, 2015

Aso says BOJ unlikely to expand easing for now

The central bank is unlikely to expand its unprecedented economic stimulus for now, Finance Minister Taro Aso said, citing a surplus of money in the economy and weak domestic demand. “At this point, the government is not thinking about anything like that, and probably ...

Oct 14, 2015

Japan producer prices plunged 3.9% in September

The producer price index for September plunged 3.9 percent from a year before, down for the sixth straight month and marking the steepest drop in five years and 10 months, the Bank of Japan said Wednesday. The fall was the largest since the 5.0 ...