January 26, 2018 / 12:21 AM / a year ago

Some in BOJ see future room to raise rates, slow asset buying: December minutes

A man walks past the Bank of Japan building in Tokyo, Japan January 15, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) - Some Bank of Japan board members said the central bank should consider raising interest rates or slow purchases of risky assets if the economic recovery continued, minutes of their December policy meeting showed on Friday.

Most of the nine-member board agreed it was appropriate to maintain the BOJ’s current “powerful” monetary easing with inflation distant from its 2 percent target, the minutes showed.

But one member said the damage from prolonged monetary easing on commercial banks’ profits had been “accumulating,” which meant the BOJ must carefully look at both the benefits and demerits of its policy, the minutes showed.

“One member, while noting that there was no marked overheating in the market at this point, said that the effects and side-effects of the BOJ’s purchases of risky assets including exchange-traded funds (ETFs) should be examined from every angle,” the minutes showed.

Reporting by Leika Kihara; Editing by Chris Gallagher

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