• Kyodo


The Bank of Japan said Wednesday its total assets stood at a record ¥277.10 trillion ($2.35 trillion) at the end of September, as the central bank continued its massive asset purchases from financial institutions to boost the economy.

The assets, mainly Japanese government bonds, grew 32.7 percent from a year earlier, the BOJ said in its financial statements for the first half of fiscal 2014.

The outstanding amount of its government bond holdings rose 36.7 percent in the April-September period to ¥229.31 trillion.

The bank’s net income, which corresponds to a company’s net profit, grew 46.7 percent to ¥587.89 billion, helped mainly by interest on the increased bond holdings.

The BOJ has purchased government bonds and other financial assets from banks and other lenders under its ultraloose monetary policy, introduced in April 2013 and aimed at providing sufficient money to the economy.

Its capital adequacy ratio was 7.76 percent as of Sept. 30, up 0.02 point from six months earlier on foreign exchange gains amid the yen’s fall but still below 8 percent, or the level the BOJ considers as sound.

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