The Bank of Japan (BoJ) has released the meeting minutes of the July 14th-15th policy meeting, though the impact is greatly muted after this week's central bank statement saw broad adjustments to their current fiscal policies. The mid-July meeting minutes towed the familiar line for the BoJ of maintaining their current easing programs, and cementing the notion that Japan's central bank is very far off from conducting any tapering operations or adjusting interest rates.
"Members concurred that financial conditions in Japan were highly accommodative. They shared the view that, under Quantitative and Qualitative Monetary Easing (QQE) with Yield Curve Control, firms' funding costs had been hovering at extremely low levels and financial institutions' lending attitudes, as perceived by both large and small firms, continued to be active.
With regard to conducting monetary policy, most members shared the recognition that, although it was necessary to carefully examine the fact that firms' wage- and price-setting stance remained cautious, the momentum toward achieving the 2 percent price stability target was being maintained. As background to this, most members noted the following two points: (1) firms' stance was likely to gradually shift toward further raising wages and prices with the steady improvement in the output gap, and (2) medium- to long-term inflation expectations, which had been more or less unchanged recently, were likely to rise steadily as further price rises came to be observed widely. One member expressed the recognition that, in the current situation where the actual inflation rate had been sluggish, it was difficult to gain understanding of the explanation that the momentum toward achieving 2 percent inflation was maintained, and therefore it was necessary for the Bank to devise some ways to improve communication to the public.
Most members shared the recognition that, as there was still a long way to go to achieve the price stability target of 2 percent, it was appropriate for the Bank to pursue powerful monetary easing with persistence under the current guideline for market operations in order to firmly maintain the momentum toward achieving the price stability target."