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 ...

May 25, 2014

BOJ chief prods Abe to get moving on reforms

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has forecast victory in his battle against stubborn deflation that has sapped growth for years, but expressed impatience with the pace of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s much touted economic plan to jump-start the feeble economy. The central bank ...

May 15, 2014

BOJ's Kuroda sees 'many ways' if further easing needed

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Thursday the central bank has “many ways” to further ease monetary policy to achieve its 2 percent inflation target, pledging to take any steps needed to reach the goal. “If the 2 percent inflation target is not ...

May 1, 2014

Assured BOJ foils analysts' predictions

by Toru Fujioka and Masahiro Hidaka

The confidence that Bank of Japan officials are demonstrating in achieving their inflation target is lowering the chances of additional monetary easing this year even as the economy weakens. Consumer prices excluding fresh food but not energy will increase 1.9 percent in the fiscal ...