A higher levy would undermine the Bank of Japan's ability to consider additional stimulus.
For Daniel Moss's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The IMF's latest numbers show a worrisome trajectory, but they aren't terrible.
There's been talk of weakening support for Japan's price-increase target. Far from abandoning it, the BOJ should double down to change psychology.
A decades-old economic model needs reappraisal as the global downdraft causes trade-reliant economies to reel.
Finance Minister Taro Aso bought Haruhiko Kuroda time to reach that elusive 2 percent inflation target, but this isn't where the BOJ head wants to be.
China's slowdown may provide an excuse to shelve next October's scheduled increase.
A rebound in fourth-quarter GDP may disappoint idealists, but the fact that the economy is treading water is pretty good these days.
The BOJ's radical monetary policy is marking its 20-year anniversary. Raise a glass to the experiment replicated around the world.
The central bank is buffeted by the same factors as its global peers — and homegrown challenges that are tougher to tackle.
The BOJ governor will likely walk back the exuberance he showed in November.