BOJ maintains most regional assessments despite tax-hike impact

Oct 20, 2014

BOJ maintains most regional assessments despite tax-hike impact

The Bank of Japan on Monday maintained most of its regional economic assessments, downgrading only one of nine regions, saying the economy has been recovering moderately despite some weakness following April’s consumption tax increase. The bank released a quarterly report on local economies, where ...

Kuroda says many options available for increased easing

Oct 9, 2014

Kuroda says many options available for increased easing

The Bank of Japan has “many options” for additional easing, Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said, emphasizing that the bank will adjust its policy as needed to reach its 2 percent inflation target. “We have substantially increased our JGB holdings but still it’s about 20 percent ...

BOJ keeps policy steady but warns of weak production

Oct 7, 2014

BOJ keeps policy steady but warns of weak production

The Bank of Japan on Tuesday kept its monetary policy steady, saying the economy is recovering despite the jolt it suffered from the consumption tax hike in April, but the bank downgraded its assessment of industrial output. The decision came as market participants believe ...

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 ...