Bank of Japan officials are considering maintaining a large balance sheet for the central bank even after it achieves its inflation target, reducing the risk of a surge in long-term bond yields, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Bank of Japan board members said the central bank should avoid getting too involved in the allocation of capital in its latest effort to spur lending and economic growth, a record of their April 30 meeting showed.
The Bank of Japan expanded its plan for government-bond purchases by 10 trillion yen ($124 billion) after the world’s third-largest economy showed signs of slowing and lawmakers pressed for more aggressive steps.
The Bank of Japan poured a record 15 trillion yen ($183 billion) into the world’s third-biggest economy today as the strongest earthquake in the nation’s history triggered a plunge in stocks and surge in credit risk.
The Bank of Japan is considering refraining from issuing a monetary-base forecast for 2015 to avoid signaling a commitment to easing for a specific time period, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
Putting the final touches to his latest book in October, retired Yale University professor Koichi Hamada received a phone call at his Connecticut home. It was Shinzo Abe, whom he’d known for more than a decade and was running for a second shot at being Japan’s prime minister.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cuts to local-government subsidies are like trying to “wring water from an old rag that’s been squeezed dry,” says Kazuya Yoshida, a 27-year veteran of Shijonawate City municipal staff.
The Bank of Japan will expand monetary stimulus at next week’s policy meeting to show a commitment to ending deflation, according to the only analyst in a Bloomberg News survey who predicted last month’s easing.