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 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 ...

Jan 19, 2016

Keidanren seeking annual wage increases at 2016 negotiations

Keidanren is calling on member companies to consider annual income growth for workers as the 2016 wage talks between management and employees get under way. Company managers do not need to stick to pay-scale hikes, according to Keidanren’s guidance for corporate executives, released Tuesday. ...

Japan can endure yen's gains, says Kuroda's former deputy

Jan 13, 2016

Japan can endure yen's gains, says Kuroda's former deputy

While Japan has breathing space before the yen’s gains become a serious problem for the economy, policymakers are unlikely to stand by should it climb too fast or if key inflation measures slump, according to Takatoshi Ito, a former colleague of central bank chief ...

Dec 25, 2015

November saw Japan's consumer prices rise 0.1%

Consumer prices rose 0.1 percent in November from a year earlier for the first increase in five months, the government said Friday, reflecting a smaller decline in energy prices and higher food prices. The core consumer price index, which excludes volatile fresh food prices, ...

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 ...