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Japan's slowing inflation leaves BOJ fighting tough price battle

Mar 21 2019

TOKYO Japan's annual core consumer inflation slowed in February as gasoline costs fell for the first time in more than two years, keeping the central bank under pressure to maintain, or even ramp up, stimulus to accelerate price growth to its 2 percent target.

Abe describes BOJ's inflation goal as means to spur growth

Mar 20 2019

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday he sees the central bank's inflation target as a means to achieve the more important goal of reviving the economy, in a sign that firing up inflation may no longer be a priority for the government.

Abe describes BOJ's inflation goal as means to spur growth

Mar 20 2019

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday he sees the central bank's inflation target as a means to achieve the more important goal of reviving the economy, in a sign that firing up inflation may no longer be a priority for the government.

BOJ policymakers disagree on next policy move as risks mount

Mar 19 2019

TOKYO Bank of Japan policymakers disagreed on how quickly the central bank should ramp up monetary stimulus, minutes of their January rate review showed on Wednesday, as heightening overseas risks threatened to derail the country's fragile economic recovery.

Japan bank executive says mergers won't fix woes brought by BOJ policy

Mar 19 2019

FUKUOKA, Japan Japan's ultra-loose monetary policy is making it tough for commercial banks to earn profits out of lending, a problem that cannot be fixed through bank mergers, the influential chairman of a major regional bank in southern Japan said.

Kuroda signals status quo even as BOJ tempers optimism on global growth

Mar 15 2019

TOKYO Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Friday ruled out the chance of additional monetary easing, even after heightening overseas risks forced the central bank to temper its optimism that robust exports and factory output will support growth. | Video

Global gloom may force Japan c.bank to temper its outlook

Mar 14 2019

* No big change expected to view economy expanding moderately

Japan's regional bank lobby urges BOJ to focus on rising costs of easing

Mar 13 2019

TOKYO Japan's regional bank lobby on Wednesday called on the central bank to focus on the rising costs of prolonged monetary easing, underlining the challenge for policymakers trying to weather growing risks to the world's third-biggest economy.

BOJ can be flexible in meeting its price goal - Japan Finance Minister Aso

Mar 12 2019

TOKYO Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Tuesday the central bank could give itself more flexibility in how it defines its 2 percent inflation target.

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