Dec 15, 2015

BOJ gains confidence in Japan's economy; cheap oil a threat

Bank of Japan officials are gaining confidence in the resilience of the nation’s economy, while keeping a close eye on the impact of low oil prices on inflation expectations, according to people familiar with the central bank’s discussions. Indicators have improved in the run-up ...

Dec 7, 2015

BOJ trails ECB's rates; experts see few options

Now that the European Central Bank has cut its deposit rate, while the Bank of Japan has held steady on policy for more than a year, concerns are growing that BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has little room to maneuver. The ECB lowered the rate ...

Nov 30, 2015

BOJ chief repeats call to raise wages, says now is the time

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda on Monday called on companies to raise wages in line with the central bank’s efforts to achieve 2 percent inflation, saying a suitable environment has already been established. Speaking at a meeting of business leaders in Nagoya, Kuroda ...

Nov 19, 2015

BOJ keeps policy unchanged despite latest recession, weak inflation

The Bank of Japan left its monetary stimulus unchanged on Thursday, signaling Japan’s second recession since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office isn’t enough to alter Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda’s view that the inflationary trend is improving. The BOJ’s decision to keep already unprecedented stimulus ...

Nov 18, 2015

Bank of Japan is done boosting stimulus: experts

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda, who unleashed unprecedented monetary stimulus in 2013 and doubled down on it last year, is done expanding his efforts, according to an increasing number of economists. Forty-four percent of respondents in a Nov. 13 to 17 Bloomberg poll ...

BOJ critic Fujimaki sees 2% inflation hit, and that scares him

Nov 18, 2015

BOJ critic Fujimaki sees 2% inflation hit, and that scares him

Takeshi Fujimaki, a banker turned opposition lawmaker, said the Bank of Japan will achieve its 2 percent inflation target much earlier than expected. And it scares him. The yen will slide toward a more “appropriate” level at ¥180 to ¥200 per dollar over the ...