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Leika Kihara
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 22, 2022
BOJ debated weak yen and harm from excess moves at April meeting
The yen has plunged to a new 24-year low of u00a5136.71 per dollar, as investors are focusing on the contrast between the BOJ's ultraloose policy and the U.S. Federal Reserve's rate hikes.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets / FOCUS
Jun 19, 2022
Once feted for pandemic heroics, world's central banks face an uneasy crowd
Faith has begun to erode that policymakers will hit their typical 2% inflation targets any time soon — a worrisome development that's begun shaping central banks' own reactions.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Jun 13, 2022
Mr. Exit or Mr. BOJ? Race for Japan's top central bank job to intensify
Hiroshi Nakaso and Masayoshi Amamiya both have deep expertise in central bank affairs, but the two could differ on how soon the Bank of Japan should roll back its monetary policies.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 10, 2022
Japan closer to intervention on yen after government and central bank joint statement
'We have seen sharp yen declines and are concerned about recent currency market moves,' the Finance Ministry, BOJ and the Financial Services Agency said in a joint statement.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 10, 2022
Weak yen pushes up Japan's wholesale import costs at record pace
Beverage and food prices rose 4.6% last month year-on-year, accelerating from the previous month's 4.1% gain, data shows.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 20, 2022
Japan, guarding against weaker yen, urges G7 to reaffirm forex agreement
The yen's recent declines to two-decade lows have been a source of concern for Japanese policymakers, as they inflate the already rising cost of fuel and raw material imports.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy / ANALYSIS
May 19, 2022
BOJ's dovish isolation draws public heat ahead of leadership change
Opposition lawmakers are grilling the BOJ regularly for allowing the currency to weaken and push up living costs, putting Prime Minister Fumio Kishida in a tight spot.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 16, 2022
Front-runner to be next BOJ chief calls for faster green growth strategy
An increase in Japan's potential growth would encourage firms to raise wages on prospects of stronger profits, and give households more purchasing power, Hiroshi Nakaso said.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 13, 2022
Bank of Japan chief rules out near-term chance of tweaking dovish guidance
As central banks across the globe eye interest rate hikes, markets have been rife with speculation that the BOJ may also change its guidance.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 9, 2022
BOJ policymakers unwavering on easy policy stance, meeting minutes show
Many board members warned of heightening risks to Japan's economy from the Ukraine crisis that would keep inflationary pressure subdued.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Apr 21, 2022
IMF says yen falls driven by fundamentals, urges BOJ to keep easy policy
The remarks highlight the difficulty Tokyo may face if it seeks international consent to intervene in the currency market to stem further yen falls.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / ANALYSIS
Apr 1, 2022
Bank of Japan to keep rates low as strong yen still Haruhiko Kuroda's enemy No. 1
The BOJ's dovish signals may give markets a chance to drive down the yen further, as prospects of steady policy tightening by the Federal Reserve widen the Japan-U.S. interest rate gap.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 1, 2022
Japan's business mood sours as Ukraine war and inflation take toll
Big companies expect conditions to worsen further three months ahead, the Bank of Japan's tankan survey showed.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 25, 2022
LDP's junior partner Komeito to propose economic relief package
Komeito chief Natsuo Yamaguchi also urged the Bank of Japan to maintain its massive stimulus program 'for a bit longer' to ensure a solid recovery in the economy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 23, 2022
Kishida eyes fresh spending package to cushion blow of rising costs
The war in Ukraine has triggered a rise in energy and raw material costs which have pushed up the cost of imported goods in a blow to Japan's fragile economy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 11, 2022
Despite household spending boost, business mood drops as Ukraine risks grow
The news adds pressure on policymakers to ramp up fiscal stimulus to support Japan's economy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Feb 11, 2022
BOJ steps in with pledge to buy unlimited 10-year JGBs at 0.25% to curb rising yields
Inflation in the West and hawkishness from other major central banks had spurred some bets the BOJ would need to taper its monetary policy soon, pushing yields to multiyear highs.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Jan 26, 2022
Bank of Japan debated chance of inflation pickup toward 2% as price hikes broaden
Many board members, however, stressed the need to maintain ultraloose monetary policy to support a fragile economy facing fresh risks.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 22, 2021
BOJ discussing phasing out pandemic support as economy reopens, sources say
Ending a pandemic-relief loan program could raise eyebrows among politicians when the government continues to focus on dealing with the hit from the health crisis.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 14, 2021
From beef bowls to coffee, cost surge squeezes Japan's salaryman staples
Economists and policymakers expect to see the recent price rises reflected in official data in the coming months.

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