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Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 31, 2014
BOJ shocks by expanding stimulus, sending stocks soaring
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda on Friday led a divided board to expand what was already an unprecedentedly large monetary stimulus program, boosting stocks and sending the yen tumbling.
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 31, 2014
Tepid data may spur Abe into further stimulus as economy sputters
Economic data released Friday signaled that the economy is still in the doldrums following the first stage of the doubling of the consumption tax on April 1, raising doubts about whether the Abe administration can complete the hike to 10 percent as planned.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Oct 20, 2014
BOJ maintains most regional assessments despite tax-hike impact
The Bank of Japan on Monday maintained most of its regional economic assessments, downgrading only one of nine regions, saying the economy has been recovering moderately despite some weakness following April's consumption tax increase.
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 16, 2014
U.S. Treasury report calls out 'Abenomics' for failings on reform, demand
Japan should undertake structural economic reforms that will lead to a recovery driven by private demand, the U.S. Treasury Department said in its semiannual Report to Congress on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 11, 2014
BOJ under pressure to ease further
Pressure is building on the Bank of Japan to take additional monetary easing steps to invigorate the recovery and thus global economic growth.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 9, 2014
Kuroda says many options available for increased easing
The Bank of Japan has "many options" for additional easing, Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said, emphasizing that the bank will adjust its policy as needed to reach its 2 percent inflation target.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 7, 2014
BOJ keeps policy steady but warns of weak production
The Bank of Japan on Tuesday kept its monetary policy steady, saying the economy is recovering despite the jolt it suffered from the consumption tax hike in April, but the bank downgraded its assessment of industrial output.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Oct 6, 2014
Kuroda to push yen toward January 2008 low, Credit Agricole predicts
The yen may drop to its weakest level versus the dollar since January 2008, spurred by comments set to be delivered Tuesday by Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda, according to Credit Agricole SA.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 3, 2014
BOJ struggling to meet inflation deadline, former vice governor says
The Bank of Japan may need more time to achieve its 2 percent inflation target and the country can't ignore harm caused by an abrupt weakening of the yen, said Toshiro Muto, a two-time contender to lead the central bank.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Oct 1, 2014
'Tankan' finds improvement in manufacturers' confidence
Confidence in the manufacturing sector has risen against expectations, showing resilience in the economy — and perhaps bolstering the case for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hiking the consumption tax again next year.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 20, 2014
As outlook dims, G-20 gropes for economic spark
Global finance chiefs gather in Australia to find ways to bolster growth amid stuttering global growth.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 19, 2014
'Abenomics' spurs record wealth, providing solace for rising prices
Household wealth has risen to a record level as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "reflates" the economy, giving a cushion to consumers facing higher costs of living.
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 17, 2014
Osaka business chiefs warn Kuroda that yen is falling too far
Business leaders in the Kansai region have issued a warning to Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda that the yen's slide to a six-year low is raising the cost of importing raw materials and fuel, which could spell trouble for the economy.
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 11, 2014
BOJ adviser Kawai urges Abe to proceed with second tax hike
The Abe administration should proceed with the next consumption tax hike as planned to signal it is serious about reining in the world's biggest debt burden, an adviser to Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said.
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 4, 2014
BOJ keeps easing in place as headwinds against inflation grow
The Bank of Japan kept its record stimulus unchanged Thursday as Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda looks to keep stoking inflation and boost economic momentum that's been sapped by a higher sales tax.
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 3, 2014
BOJ expected to stay rosy as policy meeting starts
The Bank of Japan opened a two-day policy meeting Wednesday, with market watchers expecting the central bank to keep policy steady and exude economic optimism despite negative fallout from the first stage of the consumption tax hike in April.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Sep 3, 2014
'Abenomics' appears headed for trouble as challenges build
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plan for the economy to generate self-sustained growth on the back of his three policy "arrows" of massive monetary easing, spending and reform appears to be faltering — but no magic solution is in sight.
BUSINESS
Aug 29, 2014
Yen at 120 needed to fuel inflation, UBS exec says
The new chief investment officer for Japan at UBS AG's wealth management division likens the nation to a man with $1.2 million in debt who is spending all his $53,000 salary and still borrowing $40,000 a year.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 24, 2014
BOJ may keep easing in place for 'some time' to slay deflation: Kuroda
The Bank of Japan may have to pursue its aggressive monetary policy easing for "some time" to fully vanquish deflation, BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Saturday.
BUSINESS / Economy
Aug 14, 2014
Stagflation stalks 'Abenomics' as pattern sets in
Maybe it's time to stop dismissing the risk of stagflation in Japan.

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