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  • Covid-hit Japan now paying banks to lend Aug 28, 2020 07:45 PM IST

    Covid-hit Japan now paying banks to lend

    Bank of Japan has divined a creative new tactic to fight deflation as Covid-19 economic gloom takes deeper hold

  • Cresting 'first wave' of stimulus may be next hurdle for world markets Jul 16, 2020 10:31 PM IST

    Cresting 'first wave' of stimulus may be next hurdle for world markets

    The US Federal Reserve, European Central Bank, Bank of England, and Bank of Japan joined others in March with a wave of stimulus to stem damage from the coronavirus pandemic.

  • BoJ's Haruhiko Kuroda warns second-round effect of COVID-19 may dent economic growth Jun 26, 2020 10:45 AM IST

    BoJ's Haruhiko Kuroda warns second-round effect of COVID-19 may dent economic growth

    But in an online seminar on Friday Kuroda said the central bank saw no immediate need to cut interest rates, and instead will focus on easing corporate funding strains and stabilising markets with its lending facility and asset purchases.

  • Major central banks to cut frequency of dollar-funding operations: Bank of Japan Jun 19, 2020 04:06 PM IST

    Major central banks to cut frequency of dollar-funding operations: Bank of Japan

    In view of improvements in US dollar funding conditions and after consulting with the US Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, the Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank and the Swiss National Bank have jointly decided to reduce the frequency of their seven-day operations from daily to three times a week, the BOJ said in a statement.

  • Bank of Japan keeps policy steady, eyes recovery from pandemic Jun 16, 2020 08:52 AM IST

    Bank of Japan keeps policy steady, eyes recovery from pandemic

    To clarify the scale of its money printing, the central bank said it plans to pump $1 trillion to cash-strapped firms through a range of crisis-response tools announced so far.

  • Unfazed by pandemic, Bank of Japan to keep economic recovery view: Sources Jun 05, 2020 02:35 PM IST

    Unfazed by pandemic, Bank of Japan to keep economic recovery view: Sources

    Such a view would reinforce market expectations that it will forgo bold monetary policy easing at this month's rate review, after the BOJ and the government unveiled a slew of support measures for businesses in the last few months.

  • Bank of Japan launches its version of Fed's 'Main Street' lending scheme May 22, 2020 07:24 AM IST

    Bank of Japan launches its version of Fed's 'Main Street' lending scheme

    In an emergency meeting on Friday, the Bank of Japan also extended the deadline for a raft of measures it has put in place to combat the fallout from the virus, including accelerated corporate debt purchases, by six months to March 2021.

  • Bank of Japan's Governor Haruhiko Kuroda says no need to deepen negative rates now May 14, 2020 02:30 PM IST

    Bank of Japan's Governor Haruhiko Kuroda says no need to deepen negative rates now

    The BOJ applies negative rates to only a small portion of deposits financial institutions park with the central bank, which leaves substantial room to cut rates further, Kuroda said.

  • Japan appoints first female central bank executive director May 11, 2020 07:52 AM IST

    Japan appoints first female central bank executive director

    Shimizu, a career central banker, will fill one of the BOJ's nine executive director posts that oversee the institutions' operations ranging from monetary policy, financial markets, economic analysis and the banking syste

  • Japan central bank eases monetary policy to counter pandemic Apr 27, 2020 09:55 AM IST

    Japan central bank eases monetary policy to counter pandemic

    The Bank of Japan decided at a meeting Monday to ease monetary policy, including expanding the purchase of commercial papers and corporate bonds, which work to deliver cash to companies.

  • Coronavirus Pandemic reduces BOJ's options in backstopping frail economy Apr 22, 2020 11:00 AM IST

    Coronavirus Pandemic reduces BOJ's options in backstopping frail economy

    The dilemma for the BOJ underlines the difficulties of managing Japan's approach to controlling the spread of the virus, which lacks punitive measures applied in lockdowns of many Western countries.

  • Bank of Japan warns of potential financial system risks triggered by pandemic Apr 21, 2020 06:30 PM IST

    Bank of Japan warns of potential financial system risks triggered by pandemic

    Japanese financial institutions have increased lending to middle-risk borrowers, or companies with higher credit risk, in search of higher yields amid years of ultra-low interest rates, the BOJ said in a semi-annual report on the financial system.

  • Japan to boost stimulus to $1.1 trillion as coronavirus threatens deeper recession Apr 20, 2020 06:50 PM IST

    Japan to boost stimulus to $1.1 trillion as coronavirus threatens deeper recession

    Abe has caved into pressure from within his own ruling bloc to boost the help with a payment of 100,000 yen for every citizen, instead of 300,000 yen for a limited number of households, analysts say, casting doubt about his leadership amid falling support.

  • BoJ considering steps to ease corporate funding strains in April: Sources Apr 14, 2020 01:42 PM IST

    BoJ considering steps to ease corporate funding strains in April: Sources

    While discussions are still in the initial stages, possible options on the table include further increases in purchases of corporate bonds and commercial paper (CP), and an expansion in the range of assets the central bank accepts as collateral in offering financial institutions loans, they said.

  • Coronavirus pandemic set to tip Japan into deep recession this year, BoJ seen easing again Apr 08, 2020 11:26 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic set to tip Japan into deep recession this year, BoJ seen easing again

    Japan is expected to slip into a deep recession this year with the economy set to contract for a third straight quarter in April-June, a Reuters poll showed

  • BoJ says it will scale back operations amid coronavirus pandemic Apr 08, 2020 08:20 AM IST

    BoJ says it will scale back operations amid coronavirus pandemic

    The Bank of Japan said on Wednesday it would scale back some operations in the wake of the government's decision to declare a state of emergency.

  • BoJ sees deeper economic pain, even after emergency easing Mar 25, 2020 07:38 AM IST

    BoJ sees deeper economic pain, even after emergency easing

    The Bank of Japan expanded monetary stimulus in an unscheduled policy meeting on March 16 to ease corporate funding strains and calm financial markets jolted by the health crisis.

  • Japan to spend over $137 billion as virus hits economy, Bank of Japan eyes more stimulus Mar 23, 2020 04:10 PM IST

    Japan to spend over $137 billion as virus hits economy, Bank of Japan eyes more stimulus

    "We need to come up with big, powerful economic and fiscal measures that meets the enormous magnitude of the hit from the coronavirus outbreak," Shinzo Abe told parliament on March 23.

  • Bank of Japan's Haruhiko Kuroda says will ease again if economy worsens further Mar 17, 2020 12:15 PM IST

    Bank of Japan's Haruhiko Kuroda says will ease again if economy worsens further

    While the government is tasked with containing the virus and protecting jobs, the BOJ has a role to play in preventing credit markets and dollar funding from drying up, Kuroda said.

  • BoJ calls emergency policy meeting to stabilise markets Mar 16, 2020 09:05 AM IST

    BoJ calls emergency policy meeting to stabilise markets

    The meeting, to be held from 12 p.m. (0300 GMT), will replace the scheduled rate review on March 18-19, the BOJ said in a statement released on Monday. BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda is expected to hold a news conference after the meeting.

  • BoJ to ease policy in March as coronavirus hits growth: Poll Mar 06, 2020 08:58 AM IST

    BoJ to ease policy in March as coronavirus hits growth: Poll

    Almost 90%, or 33 of 38 economists surveyed March 3-5, expected the Bank of Japan's next move to be to expand monetary stimulus, a sharp turnaround from a February poll when only 30% expected easing.

  • Bank of Japan's Governor Kuroda offers bleak view on economy, warns of big hit from virus Mar 04, 2020 04:05 PM IST

    Bank of Japan's Governor Kuroda offers bleak view on economy, warns of big hit from virus

    Japan's economy had been expected to recover in the current quarter, but the epidemic has hurt exports and consumption through a decline in Chinese tourists, Haruhiko Kuroda told parliament.

  • BoJ reassurance on coronavirus bolsters speculation of global policy action Mar 02, 2020 10:30 AM IST

    BoJ reassurance on coronavirus bolsters speculation of global policy action

    Kuroda's comments, made in an emergency statement just days after a similar move by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell, were welcomed by markets as a signal the world's biggest central banks were mustering a coordinated response to the crisis.

  • BoJ's Haruhiko Kuroda flags more easing if virus impact worsens: Report Feb 17, 2020 12:20 PM IST

    BoJ's Haruhiko Kuroda flags more easing if virus impact worsens: Report

    Kuroda called the coronavirus outbreak the "biggest uncertainty" for the domestic economy and flagged "additional easing steps without hesitation" if the economic risks from the virus heightened, Sankei said.

  • BoJ policymaker cautiously optimistic on global outlook despite virus worries Feb 06, 2020 12:17 PM IST

    BoJ policymaker cautiously optimistic on global outlook despite virus worries

    In a sign of concern over the cost of prolonged monetary easing, the former commercial banker said the BOJ must be ready to act not just to boost growth but to prevent its ultra-loose policy from disrupting the banking system.

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