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Dropping global bond yields, recession fears put BOJ in a bind

Aug 20 2019

TOKYO Downward-spiraling bond yields and other potential signs of global recession have strung a tightrope for the Bank of Japan: it must keep pumping money aggressively to spur growth, but also prevent borrowing costs from sliding too far below the target.

Japan's June machinery orders post biggest jump on record in relief for economy

Aug 13 2019

TOKYO Japan's core machinery orders unexpectedly rebounded in June to post their largest monthly expansion on record, in a sign corporate investment remains resilient to slowing global growth and international trade frictions.

UPDATE 2-Japan's June machinery orders post biggest jump on record in relief for economy

Aug 13 2019

* Core orders seen at -6.1% in July-Sept vs +7.5% in Apr-June

CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Japan's June machinery orders post surprise rebound

Aug 13 2019

* Core orders seen at -6.1% in July-Sept vs +7.5% in Apr-June

Going negative? As trade war rages, central banks ponder radical steps

Aug 13 2019

TOKYO/WELLINGTON Negative interest rate policy - an unconventional gambit once only considered by economies with chronically low inflation such as Europe and Japan - is becoming a more attractive option for some other central banks to counter unwelcome currency rises.

BOJ may tolerate falls in yield to head off yen spike: ex-BOJ member Shirai

Aug 09 2019

TOKYO The Bank of Japan may seek to prevent unwelcome yen rises by tolerating temporary, market-driven falls in long-term interest rates, former BOJ board member Sayuri Shirai said on Friday.

Japan's GDP thumps forecasts on robust consumer, business sectors

Aug 09 2019

TOKYO Japan's economy grew much faster than expected in April-June to mark the third straight quarter of expansion, as robust household consumption and business investment offset the hit to exports from cooling global demand.

Bank of Japan flagged need to discuss ideas on easing, meeting summary shows

Aug 06 2019

TOKYO Some Bank of Japan policymakers warned of risks to the economic outlook and called for discussion on ways to ramp up stimulus, a summary of views from the last rate review showed, a sign the central bank could loosen monetary policy as soon as next month.

Japanese bank lobby head warns BOJ against deepening negative rates

Aug 06 2019

NAGOYA, Japan A Japanese banking lobby head warned of the dangers to the industry if the central bank topped up its already extreme monetary stimulus or deepened negative interest rates, amid signs authorities may have to do just that to support growth.

Japanese bank lobby head warns BOJ against deepening negative rates

Aug 06 2019

NAGOYA, Japan A Japanese banking lobby head warned of the dangers to the industry if the central bank topped up its already extreme monetary stimulus or deepened negative interest rates, amid signs authorities may have to do just that to support growth.

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