May 29, 2015

BOJ inflation gauge slows to zero as oil weighs

by Toru Fujioka

The Bank of Japan’s main gauge of inflation slowed to zero, as cheaper oil prices counter Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda’s effort to reflate the economy. Consumer prices excluding fresh food and effects of last year’s consumption tax increase were unchanged in April from a year ...

May 27, 2015

Kuroda faces opposition even after BOJ extended price target

Even the Bank of Japan’s recently extended time frame for achieving its inflation target may be too optimistic, according to some members of the BOJ Policy Board. A few members said at the central bank’s April 30 meeting that inflation would not reach 2 ...

May 24, 2015

BOJ chief Kuroda stays on message at ECB Forum in Portugal

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Saturday at a forum in Portugal that Japan is overcoming the deflation that has plagued its economy for nearly two decades, according to the text of his speech released Sunday by the central bank. Referring to “positive ...

May 21, 2015

Status of economy tops agenda at BOJ policy meeting

The Bank of Japan started a two-day policy meeting Thursday at which it is expected to debate whether to raise its opinion on the Japanese economy. The nine-member Policy Board is expected to leave its monetary easing policy intact after delaying the deadline for ...

May 20, 2015

BOJ bond-buying faces challenge as Japan Post slows debt sales

The day when the Bank of Japan can’t find enough bonds to buy is drawing closer. State-owned Japan Post Bank Co. will probably offload about ¥10 trillion ($83 billion) of Japanese government bonds in the year started April 1, according to Bank of America ...

May 15, 2015

April wholesale prices fall 2.2% on year

Wholesale prices, excluding the impact of last year’s consumption tax hike, fell 2.2 percent in April from a year earlier for the six straight month of decline, the Bank of Japan said Friday, weighed down by the effects of a plunge in crude oil ...