Bank of Japan

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...
Bank of Japan: Economy recovering in 8 of 9 regions
A sign says all units have been sold at this luxury condominium tower under construction in Nagoya in September. (The Asahi Shimbun)
The economy is recovering in eight of Japan’s nine regions, suggesting that the benefits of the weakened yen and high stock prices are spreading around the nation, a central...
Japan survey shows improved business sentiment
Honda Motor Co.'s factory in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, is in full production. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese manufacturers are increasingly optimistic over the business outlook in months ahead, according to a survey released on Oct. 1 in advance of the expected approval of a...
POINT OF VIEW/ Adam Posen: Japan can make tax increase its turning ...
Adam Posen (Photo by Yuko Lanham)
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to make a decision soon on whether to raise the consumption tax rate next year. Japan should move ahead with the tax increase as planned...
POINT OF VIEW/ Tetsuya Inoue: Monetary policy in 2020
Tetsuya Inoue (Provided by Nomura Research Institute)
A missing part of the government’s growth strategy is the vision where the policy initiative is heading. Lacking the vision is a shared problem with the monetary policy in...
Government starts hearing on sales tax, ex-bank deputy urges...
The first meeting of a week-long hearing on a planned increase in sales tax, held at the prime minister's office on Aug. 26. (Yasuhiro Sugimoto)
The government opened a week-long hearing with economists, business leaders and consumer advocates on Aug. 26 that may help determine Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's decision on...
G20 wary of scaring markets, Japan sticks to stimulus path
Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, attends a meeting of the Group of 20 finance ministers in Moscow on July 19. (AP Photo)
MOSCOW--The Group of 20 nations, wary of renewed market volatility, pledged on July 19 to shift policy carefully and communicate clearly as they seek to navigate a path to...
Bank of Japan more upbeat about economic recovery
Bank of Japan (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japan's central bank is turning more upbeat about the nation's economy after implementing an ambitious monetary policy aimed at boosting inflation and growth.
INTERVIEW/ Wu Xiaoling: China won’t join competitive devaluation,...
Wu Xiaoling during an interview with The Asahi Shimbun in Beijing (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
China is showing signs of being annoyed by Japan’s aggressive monetary expansion, the first “arrow” of Abenomics, or Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s deflation-busting...