August 31, 2017 / 1:49 AM / a year ago

BOJ Masai: Momentum towards hitting price goal strengthening

MATSUYAMA, Japan, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Bank of Japan board member Takako Masai on Thursday voiced confidence that rising household income and a moderate economic expansion would help accelerate inflation towards the bank’s 2 percent inflation target.

“It’s true there is some distance to achieving our 2 percent inflation target. But I believe the (economy’s) momentum towards achieving the target is strengthening,” Masai said in a speech to business leaders in Matsuyama, southwestern Japan.

Under a policy framework adopted in September last year, the BOJ has pledged to guide short-term interest rates to minus 0.1 percent and the 10-year government bond yield around zero percent. (Reporting by Leika Kihara; Editing by Chang-Ran Kim)

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