Soccer still a refuge for BOJ staff

Apr 15, 2015

Soccer still a refuge for BOJ staff

by Toru Fujioka and Masahiro Hidaka

The Bank of Japan officials huddle: they’re planning a counterattack. It’s half-time, on a balmy Saturday afternoon in October on a soccer field in Machida, western Tokyo, and the central bank’s team has just seen their 1-0 lead vanish with an equalizer by Japan ...

Apr 8, 2015

BOJ stays further easing measures

The Bank of Japan held off further easing measures on Wednesday as it struggles to bolster stagnant inflation that is defying a massive stimulus program launched two years ago. Following a two-day meeting, the central bank backed the program, which is adding about ¥80 ...

Companies expect inflation to miss BOJ goal at 1.4%

Apr 2, 2015

Companies expect inflation to miss BOJ goal at 1.4%

Companies expect consumer prices to rise 1.4 percent a year from now but remain below the Bank of Japan’s inflation target of 2 percent, the central bank said in a survey Thursday. The figure was the same as in the previous survey in December, ...

Mar 26, 2015

'Reflationist' economist Harada appointed to BOJ Policy Board

The government on Thursday appointed former Waseda University economics professor Yutaka Harada to the Bank of Japan Policy Board. Harada succeeds Ryuzo Miyao, a former economics professor at Kobe University whose five-year term on the nine-seat board ended Wednesday. A University of Tokyo graduate, ...