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Shigeki Nozawa
BUSINESS / Markets
Jun 9, 2015
Kuroda's former ally Ito sees little downside now for yen
It's hard to imagine the yen declining much further from its current lows, said a former deputy to Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda when he was in charge of the nation's currency policy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Jun 3, 2015
Mr. Yen sees currency slide halting as Tokyo's patience wears thin
Eisuke Sakakibara, a former vice finance minister, says the Bank of Japan's acceptance of the yen's drop — and the Federal Reserve's tolerance for dollar's strength — won't last.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Jun 1, 2015
BOJ bond holdings' profits top Zuckerberg's net wealth
The Bank of Japan made more on its bond holdings on paper in the past year than Mark Zuckerberg is worth.
BUSINESS / Markets
May 14, 2015
Biggest stock disconnect with JGB yields in 23 years reveals Kuroda's heavy hand
The weakest correlation between Japanese bond yields and stocks in 23 years is showing how dependent the nation's markets have become on central bank support.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 22, 2015
Ex-currency chief fears BOJ exit nightmare on debt pile
Government debt twice the size of the economy will make exiting stimulus a nightmare for Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda, according to the nation's former top currency official.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 27, 2015
Kuroda's inflation optimism challenged by cash register data
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda's optimism that he can meet the 2 percent inflation target is getting a reality check at the nation's cash registers.
BUSINESS / Economy
Mar 23, 2015
Bank of Japan research casts doubt on Kuroda's comfort on bonds
The Bank of Japan's own researchers are undermining Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda's view that the market is functioning well as the central bank buys an unprecedented amount of debt.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Feb 27, 2015
Megabank dividends lure funds from bonds
As Japan's sovereign bond yields languish near zero, the regular payouts to shareholders of the megabanks are starting to appeal to a wider group of investors.
BUSINESS / Markets
Feb 10, 2015
BOJ puts bond market on course for extinction by 2027: Japan Credit
At the pace the central bank is purchasing government bonds, Japan's sovereign debt market will be extinct by 2027.
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 30, 2015
BOJ doesn't need more stimulus: top-rated economist
Japan's top-rated economist says the central bank doesn't need more stimulus, defying the consensus.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 22, 2015
Improved 'competitiveness' key to wage hikes, labor chief says
Restoring industrial competitiveness is the key to fueling wage gains that the Abe government and the central bank are counting on to ensure inflation takes hold, according to labor minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Jan 16, 2015
Former top currency official Gyohten sees yen's slide ending
The yen has never fallen for four straight years against the dollar, and Japan's former top currency official sees better than 50 percent odds that its currency will halt the losing streak.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 24, 2014
Mitani sidelined by Abe as GPIF pension fund enters new era
When Takahiro Mitani's term as head of the world's largest retirement fund finishes in March, so too will the old era of Japanese pension management.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Nov 26, 2014
'Mr. Yen' sees drop in exchange rate he forecast coming to an end
The 14 percent plunge in the yen since mid-year has about run its course, according to the former Finance Ministry official known as "Mr. Yen."
BUSINESS / Markets
Sep 8, 2014
Abe recasting Cabinet cuts risk to six-year low
The Cabinet overhaul has revived failing public support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policies and invigorated markets that have shown more confidence in him than his predecessors.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Sep 1, 2014
Investors still waiting for stock binge from GPIF
The world's largest retirement fund held back from plowing into Japanese equities last quarter, its investment results signaled, even as the market rebounded in anticipation of purchases.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Aug 5, 2014
Pension clones with $500 billion await GPIF's asset switch
Where the world's biggest pension fund goes, half a trillion dollars is set to follow.
BUSINESS / Economy
Jul 17, 2014
Man who named GPIF returns to fund, with new approach
The man who helped name the world's biggest pension pool is back as one of its money managers, and says the fund's new approach to buying stocks will rub off on other retirement investors.
BUSINESS
Jul 7, 2014
GPIF posts first quarterly loss since 2012 on sagging stock market
Japan's stock rout in the quarter through March spurred the first loss for the world's biggest pension fund in almost two years, just as it moves toward buying more equities.
BUSINESS / Economy
May 7, 2014
Ex-pension fund overseer urges cut in Japan stocks
The government pension fund should cut domestic stocks to diversify risk, said Seki Obata, who was dropped from the organization's investment committee last month.

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