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Sumio Ito
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 21, 2020
BOJ likely to reduce inflation forecasts as Go To campaign cuts prices
The travel discounts started in July, and have helped drive consumer inflation below zero as hotel prices dropped by more than 30% from a year ago.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Oct 12, 2020
BOJ’s swelling share of Japan assets complicates future exit from stimulus
The central bank now owns 71% of exchange-traded funds, a fifth of commercial paper and 7% of corporate bonds, its assets equivalent to 137% of gross domestic product.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Feb 25, 2020
History repeats as consumption tax hike pushes Japan toward recession
Housewife Matsuko Mitsui had been meaning to buy a new air conditioner for years, but it took the looming consumption tax hike in October to spur the 64-year-old to finally make the purchase.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Nov 24, 2019
Kuroda talks up shift to fiscal firepower as BOJ reaches its limits
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda's role as the prime focus for efforts to revive the world's third-largest economy is coming to an end.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Sep 11, 2017
Japan's regional bank consolidation 'inevitable' as BOJ's prolonged ultraeasy policy hurts profits: FSA
Further consolidation among Japan's regional banks is inevitable given the rapidly aging population and ultralow interest rates, according to an adviser to the Financial Services Agency.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 18, 2016
Renho, front-runner to lead top opposition party, says Abenomics has stalled
The clear favorite to become the first female leader of Japan's biggest opposition party believes Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's signature Abenomics policy has stalled and a change of gear is needed to favor people over corporations.

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