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    1. FT Alphaville

      March 4, 2015

      Abenomics and Japanese inequality, again

      Another data point for those keeping track of the impact of “Abenomics”, via a recent speech by Bank of Japan governor...

    2. March 4, 2015

      The BoJ is stretching its inflation target to breaking point

      Central bankers are normally keen adherents to the golden rule of forecasting: give them a target, or give them a date, but...

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    1. March 3, 2015

      Pension funds overpower Kuroda’s misfiring bazooka

      Haruhiko Kuroda may soon be sending his bazooka for repairs. On the surface, at least, the Bank of Japan governor’s best...

    2. February 18, 2015

      Bank of Japan upbeat on economy

      Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda dismissed concerns that a falling yen could hurt the country’s economy as he kept...

    3. February 16, 2015

      Japan: easing questions

      Expect much sucking of teeth and cocking of heads at the Bank of Japan’s two-day policy meeting, which ends on Wednesday...

    4. January 21, 2015

      Japan central bank slashes inflation forecasts

      The Bank of Japan has slashed its inflation forecast for the year beginning this April to just 1 per cent, down from the 1.7...

    5. January 20, 2015

      Four reasons why QE will be different in the eurozone

      After much hesitation, the European Central Bank is at last expected to fall in line with the world’s other big central...

    6. January 20, 2015

      What to look out for from the BoJ

      It is less than three months since the Bank of Japan shocked financial markets with a dramatic expansion of monetary easing....

    7. January 19, 2015

      BoJ under pressure to review inflation forecast

      On the stroke of 3.30pm each working day a stirring tune is piped around the Bank of Japan. Employees within the dingy,...

    8. FT Alphaville

      January 14, 2015

      What is the relationship between inflation and investment?

      Conventional wisdom says that businesses adjust their investment spending according to changes to the cost of capital....

    9. December 26, 2014

      Japan inflation slips to 14-month low

      Inflation in Japan dropped to a 14-month low in November, in what policy makers hope will be a temporary lull caused by the...

    10. December 22, 2014

      Oil’s fall may prompt BoJ easing

      It is a very merry Christmas from Tokyo Electric Power. Last week, Japan’s biggest utility by service area said that the...

    11. December 21, 2014

      Boost to eurozone consumer confidence expected in week’s data

      Tuesday will be the only important day in terms of data releases in most markets thanks to a shortened week for the public...

    12. December 19, 2014

      Kuroda hails progress in deflation battle

      The governor of the Bank of Japan said on Friday the country was on track to win its battle with deflation but that the...

    13. December 9, 2014

      Yen’s decline seen as long-term trend

      As Japan gears up for a snap election, the currency is dominating debate. Politicians from the main opposition party are...

    14. November 25, 2014

      BoJ members warned on costs of more easing

      Bank of Japan board members warned last month that the benefits of extra monetary easing were not worth the costs, just...

    15. FT Photo Diary

      November 19, 2014

      Questions on Japan's economy

      Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda answers questions on the country’s economy during a...

    16. November 19, 2014

      BoJ warns inflation could fall below 1%

      The Bank of Japan has warned that inflation – a key plank of “Abenomics” – could fall below 1 per cent, or half the level it...

    17. November 19, 2014

      BoJ governor quashes rebellion over easing programme

      Haruhiko Kuroda, Bank of Japan governor, has quashed a rebellion by board members opposed to last month’s extension of the...

    18. November 19, 2014

      Wall Street stalls after Fed minutes

      Wednesday 20:00 GMT. US stocks traded choppily and the dollar held steady after the release of relatively uneventful minutes...

    19. The World

      November 8, 2014

      The loneliness of a central banker

      The central bankers, past and present, who met in Paris on Friday have collectively pumped tens of trillions of dollars into...

    20. November 4, 2014

      Warnings from Japan for the eurozone

      Japan is no longer governed by consensus. This is true at least of its monetary policy. Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the...

    21. November 3, 2014

      Kuroda sticks to his inflationary promises

      Fifteen years of deflationary conditions were a disaster for Japan. From the mid-1990s its economy shrank in cash terms,...

    22. October 31, 2014

      Bank of Japan: crazy wisdom

      “Having no destination, I am never lost.” The 15th-century Zen monk Ikkyu thought that enlightenment could be found in doing...

    23. October 31, 2014

      US dollar jumps to 4-year high after BoJ stuns markets

      The dollar has powered to a four-year high after the Bank of Japan stunned markets by expanding its asset-buying programme...

    24. FT Alphaville

      October 30, 2014

      BoJ: you know we said "about" two years, right?

      The Bank of Japan has bought bonds, bills, stocks and property since embarking on its radical monetary easing programme last...

    25. October 27, 2014

      Subdued outlook for Japan shortens odds on BoJ action

      Bank of Japan insiders squirmed in their seats in July when Haruhiko Kuroda said there was “no chance” that inflation would...

    26. October 17, 2014

      Bank of Japan fails to meet bond-buying goal

      The Bank of Japan on Friday failed to meet its bond-buying target as investors balked at the liquidity being pumped out as...

    27. October 15, 2014

      A weak yen is no panacea but Shinzo Abe needs it all the same

      It is a truth universally acknowledged that a weak yen is good for Japan. It is a truth mostly unacknowledged – at least in...

    28. October 15, 2014

      Tokyo short selling hits record highs

      The ratio of shares sold short in Japan has reached a record high, with investors recoiling from delays in a portfolio...

    29. October 9, 2014

      Yen tensions emerge between Shinzo Abe and Haruhiko Kuroda

      Yen depreciation was supposed to be one of the key planks of Shinzo Abe’s plan to banish deflation and stimulate growth. But...

    30. October 7, 2014

      BoJ downgrades outlook for economy

      The Bank of Japan has downgraded its assessment of the world’s third-biggest economy, with one board member warning of...

    31. FT Alphaville

      October 6, 2014

      How two became three: the BoJ's struggles with forward guidance

      When governor Haruhiko Kuroda stood up in April 2013 to set out a bold new regime of monetary easing at the Bank of Japan,...

    32. September 26, 2014

      Japan inflation slips to 10-month low

      Japanese inflation fell to a 10-month low, according to data released on Friday, fuelling expectations that the central bank...

    33. September 19, 2014

      BoJ buys one-year government debt at negative yields

      The Bank of Japan bought one-year government debt at negative yields for the first time on Friday, demonstrating its...

    34. September 9, 2014

      US economic recovery feeds yen bears

      When Haruhiko Kuroda, Bank of Japan governor, was last week invited to comment on the level of the yen, he bucked...

    35. September 5, 2014

      Wall Street shrugs off soft payrolls data

      Friday 21:15 BST. A disappointing US employment report did little to temper enthusiasm among US equity bulls – but did weigh...

    36. September 4, 2014

      Bank of Japan strikes bearish note

      Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda has backed moves to repair state finances via a second increase in the country’s...

    37. The A-List

      September 3, 2014

      The contested ties between asset prices and QE

      The development of economies can to some extent be predicted. For example, when an economy has recently been growing at a...

    38. August 28, 2014

      Abe must keep his project on track

      Is Abenomics failing? Recent data from Japan are mixed at best. The core inflation rate, stripped of fresh food prices, fell...

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