Following the release of the Bank of Japan’s (BOJ) monetary policy decision, the quarterly outlook report underscored the downside risks looming for the Japanese economic and price outlook. Additional takeaways: "Japan consumption likely to pick up after big slump. Consumer inflation to continue falling for time being. Corporate funding is under stress due to slumping sales from pandemic. If pandemic impact is prolonged it could affect Japan’s financial system via worsening economy. There is uncertainty on how pandemic could affect corporate price-setting behaviour."
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At its July monetary policy review meeting concluding on Wednesday, the BoJ board members decided to keep rates unchanged at -10bps while maintaining a 10yr JGB yield target at 0.00%. Statement summary: Will take additional easing steps without hesitation as needed, with eye on impact of pandemic on economy. Keeps forward guidance on rates unchanged, says it expects short-, long-term policy rates to remain at current or lower levels.
In the post-meeting press conference, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said that it will appropriate to continue aggressive JGB purchases for now. If the government issues more super-long bonds, we may buy more. The Bank of Japan may buy more bonds to keep yields low but the excessive lowering of super-long yields could hamper the economy, Kuroda added further.
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The Bank of Japan minutes of the June interest rate meeting have been released. A few members said that the BoJ's role was to provide liquidity and that it was important to cooperate with the government while clarifying their respective roles, as Reuters reports.
At its July monetary policy review meeting concluding on Wednesday, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) board members decided to keep rates unchanged at -10bps while maintaining a 10yr JGB yield target at 0.00%.
What is the BOJ?
The Bank of Japan (BoJ) is the central bank of Japan. It is a juridical person established based on the Bank of Japan Act (hereafter the Act), and is not a government agency or a private corporation.
POLICY BOARD. The Policy Board is established as the Bank's highest decision-making body. The Board determines the guideline for currency and monetary control, sets the basic principles for carrying out the Bank's operations, and oversees the fulfillment of the duties of the Bank's officers, excluding Auditors and Counsellors.
HISTORY. The Bank of Japan was established under the Bank of Japan Act (promulgated in June 1882) and began operating on October 10, 1882, as the nation's central bank. The Bank was reorganized on May 1, 1942 in conformity with the Bank of Japan Act (hereafter the Act of 1942), promulgated in February 1942. The Act of 1942 strongly reflected the wartime situation: for example, Article 1 stated the objectives of the Bank as "the regulation of the currency, control and facilitation of credit and finance, and the maintenance and fostering of the credit system, pursuant to national policy, in order that the general economic activities of the nation might adequately be enhanced." The Act of 1942 was amended several times after World War II. Such amendments included the establishment of the Policy Board as the Bank's highest decision-making body in June 1949. The Act of 1942 was revised completely in June 1997 under the two principles of "independence" and "transparency." The revised act (the Act) came into effect on April 1, 1998.
Who is BOJ's president?
Haruhiko Kuroda was born in Omuta, in 1944. He is the 31st and current Governor of the Bank of Japan (BOJ). He was formerly the President of the Asian Development Bank from 1 February 2005 to 18 March 2013.
Kuroda has been an advocate of looser monetary policy in Japan. His February 2013 nomination by the incoming government of the Prime Minister Shinzō Abe had been expected. Also nominated at the same time were Kikuo Iwata – "a harsh critic of past BOJ policies" – and Hiroshi Nakaso, a senior BOJ official in charge of international affairs, as Kuroda's two deputies. The former governor, Masaaki Shirakawa, left in March 2013
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