Soccer still a refuge for BOJ staff

Business / Economy Apr 15, 2015

Soccer still a refuge for BOJ staff

The Bank of Japan officials huddle: they're planning a counterattack. It's half-time, on a balmy Saturday afternoon in October on a soccer field in Machida, western Tokyo, and the central bank's team has just seen their 1-0 lead vanish with an equalizer by Japan Finance ...

Business / Economy Feb 5, 2015

Abe boosts Kuroda reflation effort with BOJ board nomination

The Abe administration has nominated a proponent of reflationary monetary policy for the central bank's board, buttressing Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda's effort to end a two-decade slump in the world's third-biggest economy. The government proposed economist Yutaka Harada to replace Ryuzo Miyao, whose term ends March ...

December output gain hints at end to latest recession

Business / Economy Jan 30, 2015

December output gain hints at end to latest recession

Industrial production snapped two quarters of decline in December, signaling the economy may have limped out of recession. Output rose 1.8 percent in the three months through December from the third quarter, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Friday. While household spending fell and ...

Business Nov 26, 2014

Abe will have chance to name more women to BOJ board

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a chance to appoint a second female to the Bank of Japan's Policy Board next year, which would mark a first in the institution's 132-year history, said one of his advisers, Etsuro Honda. "Increasing the number of females would be ...