Aug 1, 2016

Abe aide Hamada favors Japan proclaiming debt-monetizing policy

One of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s top advisers says he favors a declaration by Japan’s policymakers that their current measures are monetizing the nation’s debt. Some people say that Japan has “already adopted ad hoc monetization of debt, and that to improve public confidence ...

Kuroda leads BOJ to a policy crossroads

Jul 30, 2016

Kuroda leads BOJ to a policy crossroads

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After more than three years of pumping out cheap money that has failed to secure its inflation target, the Bank of Japan has signaled a rethink. Instead of buying yet more government bonds, cutting interest rates or pushing further into uncharted territory, the BOJ ...

Japan's CPI seen falling again in June, more headaches for BOJ

Jul 22, 2016

Japan's CPI seen falling again in June, more headaches for BOJ

Japan’s consumer prices were expected to fall in June for the fourth straight month, a Reuters poll found, keeping alive market expectations the central bank will expand an already massive stimulus program to hit its 2 percent price goal. Separate data next week is ...

Bank of Japan's Kuroda rules out 'helicopter money'

Jul 21, 2016

Bank of Japan's Kuroda rules out 'helicopter money'

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda ruled out the idea of using “helicopter money” — or directly underwriting the budget deficit — to combat deflation, as policymakers gear up to expand existing stimulus programs. Japanese markets have risen this month on speculation that authorities, ...