Feb 1, 2016

Key 10-year JGB yield falls to record low 0.050%

Japan’s benchmark long-term interest rate, measured by the yield on the most recent issue of 10-year Japanese government bonds, fell to a record low of 0.050 percent in interdealer trading on Monday morning. The reading for the yield on the 0.3 percent 341st issue ...

Jan 29, 2016

Government applauds BOJ's 'bold' step into negative territory

The Bank of Japan’s jump into negative interest rates Friday won government praise as a “bold” measure to fight the nation’s chronic deflation. The government “appreciates the introduction of a bold method to achieve its price stabilization goal,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said ...

BOJ meets amid backdrop of surprise fall in retail sales

Jan 28, 2016

BOJ meets amid backdrop of surprise fall in retail sales

Retail sales unexpectedly declined in December, indicating weakness in consumer spending as the central bank began a two-day meeting Thursday to decide whether to boost monetary stimulus. The drop adds to concerns that price gains in Japan will remain insufficient to spur economic growth, ...

BOJ officials undecided on more easing

Jan 26, 2016

BOJ officials undecided on more easing

Some Bank of Japan officials view it a close call as to whether the policy board will add to stimulus at a meeting later this week, according to people familiar with discussions at the central bank. Officials will be carefully watching economic data and ...