BOJ lifts assessment of three regional economies

Jan 16, 2017

BOJ lifts assessment of three regional economies

The Bank of Japan on Monday lifted its economic assessment of three of the country’s nine regions, citing a pickup in consumer spending. “The effects of the decline in stock prices after early 2016 and of the irregular weather seen that summer has waned,” ...

Jan 16, 2017

Wholesale prices logged 3.4% drop in 2016

Wholesale prices in 2016 fell 3.4 percent to log their second consecutive annual decline as the yen advanced and crude oil prices sank on the back of slowdowns in China and other emerging economies, the Bank of Japan said Monday. The data cast a ...

Household spending drops for ninth consecutive month

Dec 27, 2016

Household spending drops for ninth consecutive month

The nation’s household spending declined for the ninth consecutive month in November, the government said Tuesday, reflecting consumers’ continuing preference to save money rather than spend. The government also said the unemployment rate remained low at 3.1 percent in November despite a 0.1 point ...

Bank of Japan caps tumultuous year with upgrade to outlook

Dec 20, 2016

Bank of Japan caps tumultuous year with upgrade to outlook

The Bank of Japan closed a tumultuous year for monetary policy with an upgrade to its assessment of the economy while keeping its yield-curve and asset-purchase programs unchanged. After the board’s first policy meeting since the election of Donald Trump, the BOJ forecast a ...

BOJ deputy Iwata says no shift away from asset purchases

Dec 7, 2016

BOJ deputy Iwata says no shift away from asset purchases

Bank of Japan Deputy Gov. Kikuo Iwata said the central bank hasn’t shifted its focus away from expanding the monetary base as it seeks to reach its inflation target. Iwata stressed that the BOJ will continue its large-scale asset purchases after it introduced a ...

Nov 21, 2016

BOJ policymaker concerned about Trump's effect on markets

A Bank of Japan policymaker on Monday voiced fears that the uncertainty created by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s economic policies will negatively impact the financial markets. “I am particularly concerned about the risks that global financial markets will experience sudden changes against a backdrop ...

Trump win gives Kuroda breathing room, ex-BOJ executive says

Nov 18, 2016

Trump win gives Kuroda breathing room, ex-BOJ executive says

Donald Trump’s election win has given Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda room to breathe by easing concerns that the yen will strengthen, a former BOJ executive says. The BOJ can remain on hold unless the yen strengthens past 100 against the dollar, a ...

Nov 16, 2016

BOJ inflation goal still too optimistic: ex-executive

The Bank of Japan is still too optimistic about the time needed to achieve its 2 percent inflation target, given the country’s entrenched deflationary mindset, a former BOJ executive director said. Any lack of progress toward that goal, though, is unlikely to trigger additional ...