Dec 24, 2015

Wrong-headed BOJ program

The Bank of Japan appears to be entering the realm of meddling — even indirectly — with business decisions by private-sector companies.

Dec 24, 2015

Abe, BOJ urge higher wages; businesses unconvinced

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda on Thursday applied fresh pressure on companies to do their part in putting a sustained end to deflation by boosting wages and investment. But the head of the nation’s biggest business lobby offered ...

Dec 22, 2015

Most analysts' 2016 calls unaltered by BOJ's program tweaks

Most economists are sticking with their forecast on whether the Bank of Japan will add to its unprecedented monetary stimulus after Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda on Friday announced tweaks to the program, remaining sharply divided about what the central bank will likely do in 2016. ...

BOJ adjustments signal limits to monetary easing

| Dec 19, 2015

BOJ adjustments signal limits to monetary easing


The policy adjustments announced by the Bank of Japan on Friday may indicate there are limits to the drastic monetary easing policy the central bank launched to stoke 2 percent inflation. The moves to increase the BOJ’s purchases of exchange-traded funds and broaden the ...

Dec 15, 2015

BOJ gains confidence in Japan's economy; cheap oil a threat

Bank of Japan officials are gaining confidence in the resilience of the nation’s economy, while keeping a close eye on the impact of low oil prices on inflation expectations, according to people familiar with the central bank’s discussions. Indicators have improved in the run-up ...

Dec 7, 2015

BOJ trails ECB's rates; experts see few options

Now that the European Central Bank has cut its deposit rate, while the Bank of Japan has held steady on policy for more than a year, concerns are growing that BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has little room to maneuver. The ECB lowered the rate ...

Nov 30, 2015

BOJ chief repeats call to raise wages, says now is the time

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda on Monday called on companies to raise wages in line with the central bank’s efforts to achieve 2 percent inflation, saying a suitable environment has already been established. Speaking at a meeting of business leaders in Nagoya, Kuroda ...