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BUSINESS / Economy / ANALYSIS
Jun 16, 2013
BOJ dilemma: Stabilize bond market or stick to QE guns?
Should the Bank of Japan take new steps to stabilize turbulent financial markets or resolutely stick to its deflation-busting schedule of radical quantitative easing?
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Jun 12, 2013
BOJ stands pat, unriled by stock, JGB chaos
The Bank of Japan keeps its radical monetary easing policy unchanged and reports that the economy is picking up amid 'a recovery' in exports and investment.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Jun 8, 2013
Shirakawa revival sought amid rout: Japan Credit
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda's success in fueling inflation expectations has caused some investors to seek a revival in his predecessor's policies to temper the worst Japanese government bond losses in nine years.
BUSINESS
Jun 1, 2013
BOJ's 2% inflation goal doable, IMF says
The International Monetary Fund said Friday that the Bank of Japan's commitment to a 2 percent inflation target "could be achieved" if the government takes effective measures to bolster economic growth and restore its fiscal health, the worst among developed nations.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
May 27, 2013
No one's being overly bullish yet, Kuroda says
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Sunday he saw no signs of "excessively bullish expectations" in asset markets and the nation can cope with rising interest rates, provided the economy improves.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
May 24, 2013
JGB yields hit 1% first time in year
Japanese government bonds fell Thursday, with 10-year rates touching 1 percent for the first time in a year, on speculation the U.S. Federal Reserve will curb stimulus and the Bank of Japan will tolerate an increase in yields.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 23, 2013
BOJ maintains monetary easing policy, upgrades economic appraisal
The Bank of Japan pledged to adjust its unprecedented stimulus program as needed after a jump in bond yields that highlighted risks linked to policymakers' campaign to revive the world's third-largest economy.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
May 18, 2013
JGB yield spikes raise alarm bells
Is it a sign of a full-fledged economic recovery or a looming catastrophe in the monetary making?
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 9, 2013
Kuroda stimulus policies backfire as mortgage costs rise
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda's stimulus policies are backfiring in the housing market, where mortgage rates are rising even as the central bank floods the financial system with cash.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 6, 2013
'Abenomics' meets curse of the second 100 days — will the mirage last?
The accomplishments of the first 100 days in office are a favorite benchmark for democratic leaders. It's thought to offer a preview of his or her worldview, ambition and political fortune.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2013
Monetary base soars to highest ever: BOJ
Japan's monetary base jumps 23.1 percent in April to ¥149.60 trillion, setting another record high as the Bank of Japan aggressively takes on deflation.
JAPAN
Apr 28, 2013
App planned to help ID bank notes for blind
The Finance Ministry and the Bank of Japan plan to offer a free smartphone application that will allow the visually impaired to identify the value of bank notes through sound from November.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 24, 2013
BOJ seen deploying price forecasts as tool in fighting deflation: analysts
As the Bank of Japan prepares to boost its inflation forecasts this week, analysts from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to JPMorgan Chase & Co. say the estimates may themselves be used as a tool for ending deflation.
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 19, 2013
BOJ's Miyao confident on 2% inflation goal
A Bank of Japan policymaker said Thursday that the central bank's experimental quantitative easing measures will bolster the economy and push up prices, expressing confidence that its 2 percent inflation target can be achieved.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 17, 2013
Aso to 'explain' BOJ's monetary easing to G-20
Finance Minister Taro Aso, who also serves as deputy prime minister, is arranging to meet with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden when he goes to Washington this week for a gathering of Group of 20 financial chiefs, government sources said Tuesday.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Markets
Apr 16, 2013
JGBs exhibit record volatility as yields fluctuate wildly
Yield swings for five-year Japanese government bonds shot to record levels Monday, a day before an auction, after Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda chose to leapfrog across notes and focus new purchases on longer debt.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 16, 2013
BOJ ups assessment for all nine regions
The Bank of Japan on Monday raised its assessment of all regions for the first time since last July, citing a pickup in the global economy and resilient domestic demand, following its unprecedented easing measures.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 13, 2013
Kuroda: BOJ easing not tied to two years
Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Friday the central bank will keep its aggressive quantitative easing policy in place until its 2 percent inflation target is achieved, hinting the monetary experiment may take more than two years to work.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Apr 11, 2013
Kuroda defends his major policy shakeup
The impact of the dramatic monetary policies adopted last week by the Bank of Japan was "within expectations," but the bank will keep a close watch on markets, BOJ Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda said Wednesday.
BUSINESS / Economy
Apr 10, 2013
BOJ in March also thought to up easing
Bank of Japan decision-makers discussed further monetary easing steps, such as buying government bonds with longer maturities, at the Policy Board meeting chaired March 6 and 7 by then-Gov. Masaaki Shirakawa, the minutes showed Tuesday.

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