Sep 3, 2014

BOJ expected to stay rosy as policy meeting starts

The Bank of Japan opened a two-day policy meeting Wednesday, with market watchers expecting the central bank to keep policy steady and exude economic optimism despite negative fallout from the first stage of the consumption tax hike in April. The BOJ was set to ...

Some BOJ policymakers concerned about production shift overseas

Aug 13, 2014

Some BOJ policymakers concerned about production shift overseas

A few Bank of Japan policymakers pointed out during their meeting last month that structural factors such as firms shifting production abroad could continue to cap exports. During the July 14-15 meeting, the BOJ Policy Board maintained its assessment that “exports have recently leveled ...

Aug 13, 2014

Japan's GDP set to fall sharply; stimulus expectations may surge

Japan’s economy likely shrank sharply in the second quarter, which would be bad news for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s growth policies, but it could raise market expectations of further stimulus. Data due at 8:50 a.m. Wednesday will show gross domestic product contracted at a ...

BOJ warns of weak exports but holds steady on policy

Aug 8, 2014

BOJ warns of weak exports but holds steady on policy

The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady Friday, noting that the economy is recovering but warning of recent weakness in Japanese exports and production. The BOJ decided to continue making massive asset purchases from banks to expand the nation’s monetary base by ¥60 ...

Jul 31, 2014

Japan flirts with recession; planned tax hike in doubt

Japan could be flirting with recession after the weakest factory output since 2011, which, following a surprising fall in exports last week, could pressure the central bank to ease policy and complicate a decision on whether to raise taxes. The severe contraction in output ...

Jul 15, 2014

BOJ stays the course toward 2% inflation

The Bank of Japan on Tuesday kept its record stimulus unchanged and forecast inflation will pick up to its 2 percent price target. The central bank stuck with its goal of an annual increase in the monetary base of between ¥60 trillion and ¥70 ...

BOJ expected to tweak economic estimates during policy meeting

Jul 14, 2014

BOJ expected to tweak economic estimates during policy meeting

The Bank of Japan on Monday began a two-day policy meeting to review its growth and inflation forecasts for moderate economic expansion despite the April consumption tax hike. Financial market participants also expect the Policy Board to maintain the BOJ’s ultraloose monetary policy to ...

Companies expect stable inflation to set in

Jul 2, 2014

Companies expect stable inflation to set in

Companies are forecasting sustained price gains, providing support for the Bank of Japan’s campaign to generate stable inflation. They forecast inflation of 1.5 percent per year, unchanged from three months ago, the BOJ reported Wednesday. Companies see prices rising 1.6 percent from a year ...