Leika Kihara

BOJ hopes new phrase will keep yen bulls at bay

20 Sep 2019

TOKYO By adding vague new language to its latest policy statement, the Bank of Japan is hoping to keep unwanted sharp gains in the yen in check, without having to tap its depleted policy tool-kit or tying its hands on future monetary action.

Japan August consumer inflation eases to two-year low in blow to BOJ

20 Sep 2019

TOKYO Japan's core consumer inflation slowed to a new two-year low in August due to lower oil costs and feeble economic growth, data showed on Friday, adding to the central bank's growing challenges in achieving its elusive 2% price target.

BOJ keeps policy steady, signals chance of easing in October

19 Sep 2019

TOKYO The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady on Thursday but signaled the chance of expanding stimulus as early as its next policy meeting in October by issuing a stronger warning against overseas risks threatening the export-reliant economy.

Japan's land prices rise for second year on tourism, ultra-low rates

19 Sep 2019

TOKYO Japanese land prices rose for the second straight year in the year to July with the increase spreading beyond big cities, a government survey showed, a sign the benefits from the central bank's ultra-low interest rate policy are broadening.

UPDATE 2-BOJ keeps policy steady, signals chance of easing in October

19 Sep 2019

* Governor Kuroda to brief media 0630 GMT (Adds analyst quote, context)

BOJ seen on hold as global woes, dwindling options complicate policy path

19 Sep 2019

TOKYO Bank of Japan policymakers will debate the feasibility of ramping up already massive stimulus on Thursday but are expected to save their limited ammunition for a while longer, despite growing risks to the country's fragile economic recovery.

Japan to nominate ex-top currency diplomat Asakawa as ADB head: sources

17 Sep 2019

TOKYO Japan is expected to nominate Masatsugu Asakawa, the country's former top currency diplomat, as its candidate to become the next head of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), two people familiar with the matter said.

If markets stay calm, BOJ may hold fire despite ECB's loosening

13 Sep 2019

TOKYO Stable markets and resilient domestic demand could help the Bank of Japan withstand pressure to expand an already massive stimulus programme when policymakers meet next week in the wake of the European Central Bank's monetary loosening.

BOJ considering ways to deepen negative rates at minimal cost: sources

12 Sep 2019

TOKYO The Bank of Japan is brainstorming ways to deepen negative interest rates at minimal cost, as it considers adopting it as a main policy response to a slowing economy and intensifying global risks, sources familiar with the bank's thinking said.

In a fracturing world, central banks still stuck together

11 Sep 2019

WASHINGTON/TOKYO/FRANKFURT The last time major central banks shifted gears together, it was a cooperative move to keep the financial crisis of a decade ago from becoming a full-bore, worldwide depression.

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