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BOJ governor doesn't exclude possibility of negative interest...
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda replies to a question from Seiji Maehara, a lawmaker of the largest opposition Democratic Party of Japan, in the Lower House Budget Committee on Feb. 4. (Shinichi Iizuka)
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda refused on Feb. 4 to rule out a possibility that negative interest rates are applied to individuals' deposits, but added that it is not...
Ex-MLB slugger Canseco tees off on Japan bank plan
Jose Canseco talks with reporters in Washington in June 2010. (AP File Photo)
A Japanese economic plan has prompted Jose Canseco to jump into a whole new field--financial advice.
EDITORIAL: With the chips down, the BOJ tosses its policy dice...
Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan, at a news conference in Tokyo on Jan. 29 (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
The Bank of Japan for the first time has decided to introduce a “negative interest rate policy,” a radical approach to monetary expansion.
EDITORIAL: A heavy price to pay for Abe's short-sighted economic...
An electronic stock board at a securities firm in Tokyo on Jan. 14 shows the benchmark Nikkei stock average below 17,000 points. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Japanese stock market has been in serious turmoil since the start of the year. The benchmark Nikkei stock average fell in all of the first six days of trading. Postwar...
EDITORIAL: BOJ’s move will further delay end to ineffective...
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Bank of Japan decided Dec. 18 to take a new measure to supplement its “different dimension” monetary expansion program.
BOJ expands asset purchases to spur more corporate spending
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Bank of Japan tweaked its lavish stimulus program on Dec. 18 to encourage more corporate investment.
BOJ survey: Business sentiment stable, but outlook weaker
The Bank of Japan head office in Tokyo's Nihonbashi district (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
A Japanese central bank survey shows sentiment among big manufacturers is steady, though companies in all sectors expect conditions to deteriorate in the coming months.
Former BOJ employee: Forget cars. Public transport key to reviving ...
Kiyohito Utsunomiya, professor of economics at Kansai University (Kazunori Takahashi)
Government spending should focus on maintaining railway and other public transportation systems, not roads, to revive local economies and help Japan’s rapidly graying...
BOJ holds off on more stimuli despite stalling inflation
The Bank of Japan head office (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's central bank kept its monetary policy unchanged on Oct. 30, but hinted it could expand its already expansive stimulus in the future to counter slowing exports and other ...
Bank of Japan tankan survey: Corporate sentiment worsening
Cargo is loaded onto a truck at a port in Tokyo on April 22. (AP Photo)
Sentiment among big manufacturers slipped in the most recent quarter, Japan's central bank said Oct. 1, underlying the shaky footing for the nation's economic growth.
Follow the money ... all the way to the renovated Currency Museum
An illustration of the corner in the Currency Museum where commemorative photos can be taken (Provided by the Bank of Japan)
The Currency Museum in Tokyo has splashed the cash on major changes to lure visitors who still don't have to pay a penny to get in.
EDITORIAL: Dismal GDP data highlights need to review policy targets
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda speaks at a news conference in Tokyo on Aug. 7. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan’s economy shrank during the three months from April through June, its first decline in three quarters. The nation’s real gross domestic product--the value of total...
Japanese business mood improves despite gloomy data, BOJ survey...
An electronic device manufacturing factory of a Panasonic Corp. group company in Tosu, Saga Prefecture (The Asahi Shimbun)
The mood among big Japanese corporations is unexpectedly upbeat despite recent data showing the recovery appears to be stalling.
EDITORIAL: Japan’s fiscal crunch requires immediate action
The Bank of Japan headquarters in Tokyo (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan is submerged in debt. As of March, the government was in hock for 1.053 quadrillion yen, twice as much as the nation’s gross domestic product.
BOJ slightly more upbeat on economy; Kuroda sees no need for more...
Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the Bank of Japan, at a news conference in Tokyo on May 22 (The Asahi Shimbun)
The Bank of Japan offered a slightly more upbeat view of the economy on May 22 and its governor shrugged off the need for more monetary stimulus, dismissing market concerns...
EDITORIAL: Inflation target risks Japan being 'trapped' in endless ...
Lawrence Summers, left, and Ben Bernanke (Asahi Shimbun file photos)
The Bank of Japan has failed to strike the inflation target it set two years ago for its policy efforts to enable the Japanese economy to shake off the grip of deflation.
BOJ delays target for achieving 2 percent inflation until fiscal...
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda speaks at a news conference in Tokyo on April 30. (Satoru Sekiguchi)
The Bank of Japan has pushed back the target date for achieving its 2-percent inflation goal by about one year because of a slower-than-expected recovery in consumer spending.
Japan's wary manufacturers resist Abe's urge to splurge
An assembly line to produce air conditioners at a Daikin Industries Ltd. factory in Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
KUSATSU, Shiga Prefecture--Hirotoshi Ogura, a self-described "factory geek," is a master at Daikin Industries Ltd. of doing more with less--and part of the reason Japan's...
EDITORIAL: Exit strategy needed for BOJ's quantitative easing...
Haruhiko Kuroda, the governor of the Bank of Japan (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Two years have passed since the Bank of Japan, led by Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, introduced the “different dimension” monetary easing program that has pumped unprecedented...
Tankan survey finds corporate outlook cautious, capital spending...
Toyota Motor Corp.'s Mirai fuel-cell vehicles are assembled at a factory in Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, in February. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese businesses remain wary over the outlook for the world's No. 3 economy and generally plan to reduce capital investment, according to a central bank survey released on...