Bank of Japan

Yoshinoya to raise price of iconic beef bowl amid yen's persistent ...
Customers eat "gyuudon," a bowl of rice topped with sauteed beef and onions, at a branch restaurant of Yoshinoya in Fukuoka. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese fast-food company Yoshinoya Holdings Co. said Dec. 9 it would raise the price of its signature beef bowl dish--long a symbol of the deflationary economy--for the first ...
ANALYSIS: Moody's downgrade raises doubts about Abenomics
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, right, and Finance Minister Taro Aso attend a news conference in Washington on Oct. 11. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Moody’s Investors Service Inc.’s downgrading of Japan’s credit rating underscores the growing difficulty of simultaneously achieving the goals of Abenomics, particularly...
Japan inflation eases, other data mixed in October
Shoppers look for year-end gifts at a department store in Tokyo. (The Asahi Shimbun)
Japan's inflation rate edged lower in October, highlighting the difficulty Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces in his campaign to overcome deflation in the world's third-largest...
ANALYSIS: 'Abenomics' now in sink-or-swim situation
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda explains the additional monetary easing measures during a news conference in Tokyo on Oct. 31. (Reina Kitamura)
The “Abenomics” policies that the Abe administration brought in to turn the economy around have reached a critical point.
EDITORIAL: BOJ should have reviewed inflation target before...
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda at a news conference on Oct. 31 (Reina Kitamura)
In a surprise move on Oct. 31, the Bank of Japan opened up the monetary taps further to shore up the sagging economy.
BOJ expands stimulus to shore up shaky recovery
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, right, and Finance Minister Taro Aso during a news conference in Washington on Oct. 11 (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's central bank expanded its asset purchases in a surprise move on Oct. 31 to shore up sagging growth in the world's No. 3 economy.
Inflation slips, joblessness edges higher in September as central...
Customers check out prices at a supermarket in Nagoya. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's economic recovery remained in the doldrums in September, as household spending fell, inflation edged lower and unemployment ticked up.
EDITORIAL: Economy divided between winners and losers
The Bank of Japan head office in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan seems to be split between people and companies that are feeling the benefits of a weaker yen and those who aren’t. That is the reality of the nation’s economy and...
Central bank trove of woodblock prints shown for 1st time overseas
One of the “nishiki-e” woodblock prints on display at an exhibition in Washington (Provided by the Bank of Japan’s Institute for Monetary and Economic Studies)
Forty-six "nishiki-e" woodblock prints displaying scenes from 19th-century Japan stored at the Bank of Japan's Currency Museum are being shown for the first time overseas.
Surveys show economy slowing but headed for rebound from sales tax ...
A Toyota showroom waits for customers in May in Nagoya. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The domestic economy is slowing following a sales tax hike but not as badly as some economists feared, according to two business surveys released on July 1.
Japan unveils latest installment of 'Third Arrow' reforms
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a news conference in Tokyo on June 24 (Shogo Koshida/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled a package of measures on June 24 aimed to boost Japan's long-term economic growth, from phased-in corporate tax cuts to a bigger role for...
BOJ top holder of government bonds with 201 trillion yen
The Asahi Shimbun
The Bank of Japan has become the biggest holder of the country's sovereign debt for the first time.
INSIGHT: Bank of Japan, more confident about recovery, quietly...
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, front left, attends a meeting of the Cabinet Office's Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy in April. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The Bank of Japan has begun shifting its focus from supporting growth to ways of phasing out its massive stimulus, taking first tentative steps towards a potentially momentous...
BOJ keeps loose monetary policy unchanged
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's central bank kept its ultra-loose monetary policy unchanged in a policy meeting on April 30, despite data suggesting the economic recovery is weaker than expected.
BOJ governor cautious about corporate tax cuts
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda responds to a question in a March 13 interview with The Asahi Shimbun. (Kazuo Yamamoto)
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda expects the higher consumption tax rate to have little effect on the economy, but he warns against the Abe administration’s proposal to ...
BOJ to extend and expand measures to stimulate bank lending
The Bank of Japan head office (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
With a view to strengthening the foundations for economic growth, the Bank of Japan said Feb. 18 that it will extend and expand measures to stimulate bank lending.
INTERVIEW: Government spokesman Suga says Abe keen to cut...
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is determined to cut Japan's corporate tax rate, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said, a step experts say could boost the global...
EDITORIAL: Without long-term perspective, Abe's economic policy...
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talks about economic policy at a meeting of the Industrial Competitiveness Council at the prime minister's office in February. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Over the past year, the Japanese economy has been driven by “Abenomics,” or Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s reflationary economic policy mix.
Tankan shows manufacturing sentiment rises to 6-year high
Business confidence at major manufacturers rose to a six-year high, according to a quarterly central bank survey released on Dec. 16, amid optimism over Prime Minister Shinzo...
BOJ keeps loose money policy, says economy on mend
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda during a news conference on Nov. 21. (Kenichiro Shino)
The Bank of Japan has opted to keep its ultra-loose monetary policy in place, saying the economy is on track for a “moderate recovery” despite slowing growth in the past...