Apr 23, 2014

Minutes of Cabinet meeting published for first time

For the first time in the body’s 129-year history, the minutes of a Cabinet meeting were published on Tuesday, in an apparent bid to counter accusations of secrecy. “We decided to disclose them in order to improve transparency and from the viewpoint of making ...

Apr 1, 2014

Japan starts compiling minutes of Cabinet meetings

The government began compiling the minutes of Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting in preparation of making them public for the first time. The minutes of each meeting, with date, place, the name of the participants and their statements, will be put on the website of the ...

Jan 27, 2014

Minutes show some BOJ policymakers still wary of tax hike

Some of the Bank of Japan’s policymakers were worried in December that the first stage of the consumption tax hike in April will hurt business and consumer sentiment, although the Policy Board as a whole agreed the economy will probably continue to recover, minutes ...

Dec 26, 2013

Some on BOJ board see CPI gains cooling

Some Bank of Japan policymakers think the recent rise in consumer prices is likely to slow, and there are calls to provide a thorough explanation of how the BOJ intends to achieve its 2 percent inflation target, the minutes of their November policy meeting ...

Nov 26, 2013

BOJ policymaker minority didn't buy inflation timetable

Bank of Japan policymakers were split over whether the central bank would be able to attain its 2 percent inflation target in about two years as pledged in April, with some members saying it would be “difficult,” minutes of their Oct. 31 meeting showed ...

Nov 6, 2013

BOJ board ranks urge boost in jobs, incomes

Some members of the Bank of Japan’s Policy Board called for improvement in the employment and income situation to maintain solid domestic demand, given the relatively slow pace in the recovery of exports and production, according to the minutes of their Oct. 3-4 meeting. ...

BOJ must be ready to act fast, member says

Oct 9, 2013

BOJ must be ready to act fast, member says

A Bank of Japan policymaker stressed the importance of adjusting monetary policy “without hesitation” if the economy deteriorates, the minutes of last month’s meeting show. “The approach of examining both upside and downside risks and making adjustments as appropriate without hesitation was important,” the ...

Sep 10, 2013

Fiscal credibility critical: BOJ board

Many Bank of Japan policymakers stressed the importance of maintaining fiscal management credibility to ensure stable interest rates and called on the government to promote fiscal consolidation, according to the minutes of their policy meeting last month. During the meeting Aug. 7 and 8, ...

Aug 22, 2013

Federal Reserve split on timing of stimulus reduction

The Federal Reserve debated changing its plans for raising interest rates so it could keep its easy-money policy in place longer, according to documents released Wednesday. The minutes of the Fed’s policy-setting meeting in July show that officials discussed at length for the first ...

Tepco minutes reveal staff exodus concerns

Jun 19, 2013

Tepco minutes reveal staff exodus concerns

by Tsuyoshi Inajima and Yuji Okada

Tokyo Electric Power Co. executives spent dozens of meetings fretting about the utility’s future as hundreds of younger employees quit over salary cuts after the Fukushima No. 1 reactor meltdowns, according to minutes obtained by Bloomberg News. “The company could quickly deteriorate” as workers ...