Oct 3, 2013

Social financial strains rising: BOJ

More people find daily living harder than a year ago due mainly to recent price rises, a Bank of Japan poll showed Wednesday. The diffusion index on perceived living conditions came to minus 36.9 in the September survey, down 2.6 points from the previous ...

Oct 1, 2013

'Tankan' logs strong corporate optimism

by Jun Hongo

In what figured to be the final push for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to go ahead with raising the consumption tax to 8 percent in April, the Bank of Japan's "tankan" report shows a sharp increase in business sentiment among manufacturers.

Sep 24, 2013

More upbeat 'tankan' predicted

Most private think tanks in a recent survey expect the Bank of Japan’s next “tankan” report to show improved business sentiment among large manufacturers for the third straight quarter. Fifteen of the 17 think tanks canvassed predict the headline diffusion index for large manufacturers ...

Sep 10, 2013

Fiscal credibility critical: BOJ board

Many Bank of Japan policymakers stressed the importance of maintaining fiscal management credibility to ensure stable interest rates and called on the government to promote fiscal consolidation, according to the minutes of their policy meeting last month. During the meeting Aug. 7 and 8, ...

Sep 5, 2013

BOJ sees moderate recovery in economy

The Bank of Japan upgrades its opinion of the economy for the first time since July, describing it as "recovering moderately" on solid consumer spending and recovering corporate spending amid improvements in jobs and nonbase pay.

Failure to raise sales tax 'could hurt bond prices'

Sep 5, 2013

Failure to raise sales tax 'could hurt bond prices'

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has urged the government to stick to its plan to raise the sales tax in April, saying Japanese government bond prices could collapse if it fails to do so, official sources said Wednesday. “I do not intend to ...

Aug 29, 2013

BOJ exec calls for trust amid tax hike talks

A Bank of Japan Policy Board member Thursday called for the need to secure market trust in Japan’s fiscal health to fully exert the effects of monetary easing, apparently urging the government to proceed with its planned sales tax hike next year. “As our ...

Aug 13, 2013

Overseas weakness worries BOJ

Some Bank of Japan policymakers pointed to weakening in the economies of China and emerging countries as a reason why overseas demand was likely to fall short of projections, the minutes of their meeting last month showed Tuesday. During the July 10-11 Policy Board ...