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Japan issues warning on excess currency market volatility

21 Jun 2019

TOKYO Japan's top currency diplomat on Friday issued a warning against excessive volatility in the exchange-rate market, threatening to act if currency moves become too volatile.

Japan's slow inflation, manufacturing slump could draw early Bank of Japan action

21 Jun 2019

TOKYO Japan's core consumer inflation slowed in May and factory activity shrank in June, underlining the growing stress on the economy and keeping the central bank under pressure to expand its radical stimulus program, possibly as early as next month.

BOJ joins Fed in signaling easing if needed, keeps policy steady for now

20 Jun 2019

TOKYO The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady on Thursday but Governor Haruhiko Kuroda signalled readiness to ramp up stimulus as global risks cloud the economic outlook, joining U.S. and European central banks in dropping hints of additional easing.

BOJ seen holding fire, Kuroda may offer dovish signal post-Fed

20 Jun 2019

TOKYO The Bank of Japan is widely expected to keep its ultra-loose monetary policy unchanged on Thursday but signal its readiness to ramp up stimulus if global risks threaten the country's economic expansion, nodding to the widening fallout from the U.S.-China trade war.

Japan says G20 summit to debate trade including WTO reform

19 Jun 2019

TOKYO Substantial discussions on trade, including reform of the World Trade Organization, will likely take place at a summit of Group of 20 major economies next week in Osaka, a senior Japanese finance ministry official said on Wednesday.

Kuroda says BOJ will debate rising overseas economic risks this week

18 Jun 2019

TOKYO Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the central bank will "certainly" debate heightening overseas risks at a rate review this week, underscoring concerns among policymakers about the economic fallout of a U.S.-China trade war.

RPT-SPECIAL REPORT-How Japan turned against its 'bazooka'-wielding central bank chief

18 Jun 2019

TOKYO, June 17 (Reuters) - INFLATION HEADACHE: The Bank of Japan has pushed back the timing for hitting its inflation target on six occasions. Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, seen here at a news conference at BOJ headquarters in Tokyo in mid-2015, still argues that the costs of massive monetary easing are manageable. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Special Report: How Japan turned against its 'bazooka'-wielding central bank chief

17 Jun 2019

TOKYO In late January 2016, the lights were on well past midnight on the seventh floor of the Bank of Japan's headquarters. Inside, a handful of bureaucrats were working on a shock plan.

Once a backer of the BOJ's price target, Abe turns his back on Kuroda-nomics

17 Jun 2019

TOKYO Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hand-picked the country's central bank chief. But his administration is inching away from Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda's elusive inflation target, seeking to deflect criticism that the signature policy has been a failure.

Battle of the books: An intellectual struggle is underway over the BOJ's mission

17 Jun 2019

TOKYO The Bank of Japan's staff bookstore underscores the intellectual battle lines in what has become a renewed debate over the central bank's mission and a contest to define Governor Haruhiko Kuroda's legacy.

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