Keiko Ujikane
Japan Times
May 16, 2011
BOJ chief sees only bubbles on horizon
With his nation's economy contracting under disaster damage of as much as ¥25 trillion ($310 billion), Bank of Japan Gov. Masaaki Shirakawa is signaling that his biggest worry is inflation.
Japan Times
Apr 15, 2011
Further BOJ easing needed: IMF's Shinohara
The Bank of Japan may need to provide further monetary stimulus if power shortages, supply chain disruptions and the nuclear crisis after the quake are prolonged, the International Monetary Fund's No. 3 official said.
Japan Times
Mar 24, 2011
Disaster agency eyed to oversee recovery
A reconstruction agency may be created to oversee disaster repairs, while data showed the central bank pumped record liquidity into lenders as the nation grappled with its worst disaster since World War II.
Japan Times
Mar 25, 2010
Numerical target eyed for fiscal austerity goal
The government's fiscal plan to be released by June may include a numerical goal for reducing the ratio of debt to gross domestic product, national strategy minister Yoshito Sengoku said.
Japan Times
Feb 20, 2010
BOJ to Hatoyama: rein in debt
Bank of Japan Gov. Masaaki Shirakawa escalated pressure on Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama to contain the world's largest debt with a warning that investor "trust" won't be assured in the aftermath of Greece's budget woes.
Aug 4, 2009
DPJ to support BOJ autonomy
Members of the Democratic Party of Japan said they will support the Bank of Japan's independence if they win the election and govern for the first time.
Jul 24, 2009
BOJ could ease rates under DPJ: analysts
The Bank of Japan would be able to raise interest rates more easily under a government controlled by the Democratic Party of Japan, increasing household savings and spending, economists said.
Japan Times
Apr 14, 2009
Stimulus called costly, short-term fix
The record ¥15.4 trillion stimulus package may give the economy a short-term boost, but leave it saddled with a debt burden that will smother future growth, economists have said.
Mar 24, 2009
Aso's next stimulus may top ¥10 trillion
Prime Minister Taro Aso's next stimulus package may need to exceed ¥10 trillion to bolster an economy heading for its worst postwar recession, analysts say.


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