Cabinet minutes show formality, no substance

Oct 5, 2015

Cabinet minutes show formality, no substance

Cabinet meetings are supposed to allow top government officials to engage in vigorous exchanges of views on policy-related issues. Minutes of Cabinet meetings and subsequent informal talks of ministers recorded over the past 18 months, however, show most of them are just a formality, ...

Aug 21, 2014

U.S. job market gains yet to convince Fed to hike rates

The Federal Reserve has been surprised by how quickly the U.S. labor market is healing but doesn’t want to bring forward a planned rate hike until the recovery looks more convincing, according to minutes of its last policy meeting. Policymakers “generally agreed” improvements in ...

Apr 23, 2014

Minutes of Cabinet meeting published for first time

For the first time in the body’s 129-year history, the minutes of a Cabinet meeting were published on Tuesday, in an apparent bid to counter accusations of secrecy. “We decided to disclose them in order to improve transparency and from the viewpoint of making ...

Apr 1, 2014

Japan starts compiling minutes of Cabinet meetings

The government began compiling the minutes of Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting in preparation of making them public for the first time. The minutes of each meeting, with date, place, the name of the participants and their statements, will be put on the website of the ...

Jan 27, 2014

Minutes show some BOJ policymakers still wary of tax hike

Some of the Bank of Japan’s policymakers were worried in December that the first stage of the consumption tax hike in April will hurt business and consumer sentiment, although the Policy Board as a whole agreed the economy will probably continue to recover, minutes ...

Dec 26, 2013

Some on BOJ board see CPI gains cooling

Some Bank of Japan policymakers think the recent rise in consumer prices is likely to slow, and there are calls to provide a thorough explanation of how the BOJ intends to achieve its 2 percent inflation target, the minutes of their November policy meeting ...