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Leika Kihara
For Leika Kihara's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / ANALYSIS
Feb 11, 2023
Kuroda's shock therapy leaves Bank of Japan with mixed legacy
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda achieved price rises after decades of deflation and anemic growth but without engineering durable expansion fueled by domestic demand.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Feb 10, 2023
Japan's debt time bomb to complicate BOJ's exit from dovish policies
A flurry of big spending packages and ballooning social welfare costs for a rapidly aging population have left Japan with a debt pile 263% the size of its economy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 10, 2023
Japan's wholesale inflation stays elevated as pressure on BOJ grows
While the pace of increase slowed from the previous month's 10.5% rise, the data highlighted the cost-push pressure companies were facing for a range of products.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Feb 3, 2023
BOJ governor contender Hiroshi Nakaso takes up APEC advisory council post
A career central banker who served as deputy governor until 2018, Nakaso has repeatedly warned of the drawbacks of prolonged monetary easing.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 30, 2023
Key panel urges BOJ to make 2% inflation target long-term goal
The re-defining of the price target must be made in a new policy accord between the government and the central bank that would replace the one crafted in 2013, the panel said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 27, 2023
Consumer inflation in Tokyo hits near 42-year high, keeping BOJ under pressure
The data heightens the chance that inflation will stay well above the Bank of Japan's 2% target in coming months.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 26, 2023
BOJ policymakers divided on wage and inflation outlook, meeting summary shows
The divergence in views highlight the challenge policymakers face in determining whether the recent cost-driven rise in inflation will shift to one backed by robust demand and higher wages.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 17, 2023
New BOJ nominees likely to be presented to parliament on Feb. 10
The nominees, if approved by both houses of parliament, will succeed BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda and his two deputies, Masayoshi Amamiya and Masazumi Wakatabe.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jan 16, 2023
Japan's sharp wholesale price rise heaps pressure on BOJ's ultraeasy policy
While global commodity prices slipped, companies continued to pass on past increases in raw material costs for goods such as auto parts and electricity equipment.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 28, 2022
BOJ debated rising wages and fading deflation risks at December meeting
The increased attention to mounting inflationary pressures could keep alive market expectations the BOJ will phase out massive stimulus next year.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 26, 2022
BOJ’s Kuroda dismisses near-term chance of exiting easy policy
Kuroda said the decision last week to widen the allowance band around its yield target was aimed at enhancing the effect of its ultraeasy policy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 19, 2022
BOJ must eye rate hike and shift to more flexible policy, ex-deputy governor says
Markets are rife with speculation the BOJ could tweak yield curve control when Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda's term ends in April.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Dec 12, 2022
Japan's wholesale inflation near steady at 9.3% as commodity prices ease
While food and energy costs continued to rise, the data may offer some relief for Japan's economy, which relies almost entirely on imports for fuel and raw material.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Dec 11, 2022
Bank of Japan may ditch yield cap next year as inflation perks up
The Bank of Japan must guard against the risk of inflation well exceeding its expectations, says Takeo Hoshi, an academic with close ties to incumbent central bank policymakers.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 10, 2022
BOJ's Kuroda lays out framework for future exit from easy policy
Kuroda brushed aside the chance of a near-term interest rate hike, stressing that the BOJ must continue to underpin a fragile economic recovery with loose monetary policy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Nov 8, 2022
BOJ debated impact of future exit from easy policy amid rising prices
A summary of opinions suggests some policymakers are slowly becoming more open to the possibility of an eventual withdrawal of the radical monetary stimulus.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Nov 1, 2022
Stealth yen intervention aims for maximum impact, says finance minister
Officials remain tight-lipped on exactly when they intervened in the market in October. Full details of their actions will not be available until quarterly intervention data is published.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / ANALYSIS
Oct 30, 2022
Wages, not yen, key to when Japan shifts away from ultralow rates
With Japan's economy still weak, the BOJ is not expected to raise interest rates in the near term, even if that means more downward pressure on the yen.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets / ANALYSIS
Oct 25, 2022
Will they or won't they? Japan turns to guessing game to shore up yen
Analysts say the strategy of staying mum keeps investors guessing on intervention, thereby discouraging speculators from testing the yen's new lows.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 14, 2022
IMF sees Japan currency intervention as 'signaling' move with short-term impact
Markets are focusing on whether Japan will step in again, as stronger-than-expected U.S. inflation data pushed the dollar to a fresh 32-year high.

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