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BOJ to predict inflation falling short of its target for three years: sources

18 Apr 2019

TOKYO The Bank of Japan is expected to forecast next week that inflation will remain below its 2 percent target through the fiscal year that ends in March 2022, sources say, a sign its massive stimulus will stay in place for the foreseeable future.

BOJ warns of overheating in real estate loans for 1st time in two decades

17 Apr 2019

TOKYO The Bank of Japan issued a warning for the first time in 20 years that financial institutions may be over-extending real estate loans, a sign that years of ultra-low interest rates is prodding banks to move into riskier lending to make profits.

Bank of Japan ready to deploy monetary policy tools to fight crisis: deputy governor

17 Apr 2019

TOKYO The Bank of Japan is ready to deploy monetary policy tools if a financial crisis threatens to destabilize the country's banking system, its deputy governor Masayoshi Amamiya said on Wednesday.

Trade rows cloud global economy as officials fret over slowdown

13 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON Trade disputes and tighter financial conditions are among the top threats to a slowing world economy, global finance officials said on Saturday, urging countries to take steps to shore up growth.

Japan tells global finance leaders sales tax to rise as scheduled

13 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso on Saturday pledged to global finance leaders that Tokyo will forge ahead with a scheduled sales tax hike in October, even as weakening global growth darkened the outlook for the export-reliant economy.

Japan tells global finance leaders sales tax to rise as scheduled

13 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso on Saturday pledged to global finance leaders that Tokyo will forge ahead with a scheduled sales tax hike in October, even as weakening global growth darkened the outlook for the export-reliant economy.

Kuroda brushes aside view BOJ has run out of tools to ease monetary policy

13 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Friday the central bank was ready to expand monetary stimulus if needed, brushing aside the view the BOJ had little ammunition left to fight the next economic downturn.

Chill in global economy prompts G20 call for trade truce

13 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON The risk that global economic growth could slow more than expected spurred a call on Friday from top finance officials for countries to overcome trade differences and opt for multilateral cooperation and "timely policy action."

G20 agrees on need for timely action as global economic risks rise

12 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON The Group of 20 industrialized nations agreed on the need to take timely policy action to ensure that heightening risks do not prolong a global economic slowdown, Japan's central bank governor said on Friday.

IMF wants China-U.S. trade deal to address structural issues

12 Apr 2019

WASHINGTON Any trade deal between China and the United States should be a long-lasting one that is consistent with multilateralism and addresses structural factors like intellectual property, a senior International Monetary Fund official said on Friday.

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