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Helicopter money talk takes flight as Bank of Japan runs out of runway

TOKYO The Bank of Japan's review of its monetary stimulus program promised for September has revived expectations it could adopt some form of "helicopter money", printing money for government spending to spur inflation.

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BOJ eases policy by doubling ETF buying, underwhelms expectations

TOKYO The Bank of Japan expanded stimulus on Friday by doubling purchases of exchange-traded funds (ETF), yielding to pressure from the government and financial markets for bolder action, but disappointing investors who had set their hearts on more audacious measures.

Jul 29 2016

BOJ index shows June consumer prices +0.8 percent year-on-year

TOKYO Japanese consumer prices rose 0.8 percent in June from a year earlier when stripping out energy and fresh food costs, an indicator released by the Bank of Japan showed on Friday.

Jul 29 2016

BOJ cuts CPI forecast in quarterly report

TOKYO The Bank of Japan cut its consumer inflation forecast in a quarterly review of its long-term economic and price forecasts issued on Friday.

Jul 29 2016

Japan's Suga: PM Abe to reshuffle cabinet on August 3

TOKYO Japan's top government spokesman said on Friday that Prime Minster Shinzo Abe will reshuffle his cabinet on Aug. 3 to accelerate his "Abenomics" economic policies.

World, Jul 29 2016

Exclusive: Japan to upgrade Patriot batteries for Olympics as North Korean missile threat grows: sources

TOKYO Japan is upgrading its Patriot PAC-3 missile defense system in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, adding range and accuracy needed to intercept more advanced North Korean ballistic missiles, four sources with knowledge of the plan said.

World, North Korea Jul 28 2016