Masaki Kondo

For Masaki Kondo's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Yen may soar if BOJ misses inflation goal

Business / Financial Markets May 9, 2014

Yen may soar if BOJ misses inflation goal

The Bank of Japan's failure to achieve its inflation target will see the yen rebound to its highest since 2012, reversing the results of its unprecedented stimulus, according to Tokai Tokyo Securities Co. The currency will strengthen beyond 85 per dollar "by this fall," said ...

Kuroda eyes yen-weakening action

Business / Economy | ANALYSIS Apr 9, 2014

Kuroda eyes yen-weakening action

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda has shown that a single unprecedented expansion of monetary policy has more impact than a series of smaller steps, and economists say he's preparing to prove it again. The yen has tumbled almost 9 percent since Kuroda doubled monthly ...

Yen's fading clout threat to BOJ inflation goal

Business / Economy | ANALYSIS Mar 3, 2014

Yen's fading clout threat to BOJ inflation goal

The rising cost of overseas travel and imported goods such as Apple computers is spurring concern in Japan's bond market that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's success in fueling inflation will be short-lived. ANA Holding Inc. and Haagen-Dazs Co. increased prices as the yen's inflation-adjusted value ...

JGB market braces for Abe's return

Business | ELECTION 2012 Dec 15, 2012

JGB market braces for Abe's return

The worst prime minister for Japanese government bonds in almost two decades is poised to return, ousting the best since 2006. Shinzo Abe, the front-runner to replace Yoshihiko Noda in Sunday's general election, oversaw a 1.2 percent gain when he was in office for a ...