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    1. October 31, 2014

      Demography ate my homework on an even cheaper yen

      You may have noticed that US business people edge away from those who bear negative news. In contrast, their German...

    2. October 9, 2014

      Shifting dynamics at Jackson Hole underline a new divergence

      There was a subtle change in the dynamic at this year’s Jackson Hole jamboree of central bankers, organised every year by...

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    1. 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...

    2. Andrew Smithers

      July 16, 2014

      QE and the economic risks of underfunding

      In the past governments have funded their deficits – for example, they have borrowed in the bond market rather than through...

    3. Money Supply

      April 7, 2014

      Kurodanomics, one year on

      Last Friday marked the one-year anniversary of QQE – the aggressive monetary easing regime launched by Bank of Japan...

    4. October 4, 2013

      BoJ holds steady as sentiment improves

      The Bank of Japan has kept its policy settings on hold, citing an improving mood among businesses and rising expectations...

    5. beyondbrics

      April 5, 2013

      Selling China to buy Japan?

      Hong Kong has endured almost daily thunderstorm warnings in recent weeks. On Friday, as markets reopened after a one day...

    6. April 4, 2013

      Q&A: What has the Bank of Japan done?

      What has the Bank of Japan done? In the words of Haruhiko Kuroda, the new BoJ governor, the central bank has entered “a new...

    7. April 4, 2013

      Kuroda in spotlight with first BoJ meeting

      All eyes will be on Haruhiko Kuroda on Thursday afternoon, as the new governor of the Bank of Japan wraps up his first...

    8. March 26, 2013

      Japan bond prices near all-time high

      Japanese bond prices moved to within a whisker of their all-time highs on Tuesday as new central bank governor Haruhiko...

    9. March 21, 2013

      Kuroda reiterates pledge on deflation

      Haruhiko Kuroda, the new governor of the Bank of Japan, used his inaugural news conference on Thursday after taking up the...

    10. March 13, 2013

      Kuroda urged to plan for BoJ board games

      Records show that no governor of the Bank of Japan has ever been on the losing side of an argument. But that does not mean...

    11. March 11, 2013

      BoJ board member at odds with Kuroda

      Koji Ishida, a board member at the Bank of Japan, has described the bank’s 2 per cent inflation target as “very high”, in a...

    12. FT Alphaville

      March 7, 2013

      The 6am Cut London

      “Most Asian indices were lower, with the regional benchmark index snapping two days of gains, led by Samsung Electronics and...

    13. March 7, 2013

      BoJ rejects call for monetary easing

      Masaaki Shirakawa has bowed out as governor of the Bank of Japan by leaving monetary settings on hold, rejecting proposals...

    14. March 7, 2013

      Stocks firm ahead of US jobs data

      Thursday 22:15 GMT. Global equities firmed, with many national benchmarks hovering near cyclical highs, as investors...

    15. March 4, 2013

      Kuroda vows to take swift action at BoJ

      Haruhiko Kuroda, the Bank of Japan’s newly nominated governor, has told parliament he will take whatever measures necessary...

    16. February 28, 2013

      Japan’s chance to end its long stagnation

      The nomination of Haruhiko Kuroda to be governor of the Bank of Japan shows that there is no letup in the surprising...

    17. February 28, 2013

      Bears put brakes on yen depreciation

      Italy’s “clowns” are amusing to Germans, but they’re forcing few smiles in Japan. The prospect of stabilisation in the...

    18. February 28, 2013

      Kuroda to add optimism to BoJ mix

      Haruhiko Kuroda is many things: gregarious, well-connected, a voracious reader. But more importantly, say friends and...

    19. February 28, 2013

      Abe nominates Kuroda to run BoJ

      Haruhiko Kuroda, president of the Asian Development Bank, has been confirmed as the government’s choice to become the next...

    20. February 24, 2013

      Kuroda emerges as BoJ frontrunner

      Haruhiko Kuroda, president of the Asian Development Bank, emerged at the weekend as the frontrunner to win the government’s...

    21. February 20, 2013

      Wanted: BoJ believer in monetary policy

      It must be flattering for Shinzo Abe, a man whose knowledge of economics is matched only by Ben Bernanke’s expertise in...

    22. February 20, 2013

      Japan’s Abe backtracks on bond purchases

      Japan’s prime minister moved to close a rift in his government over monetary policy by backing away from a proposal to buy...

    23. February 19, 2013

      LDP faces rift over BoJ appointment

      Japan’s new government has made clear that loosening monetary policy tops its economic agenda. But its two most powerful...

    24. February 18, 2013

      Yen resumes slide after G20 meeting

      The yen resumed its slide on Monday as Group of 20 officials held off from censuring Japan for appearing to target a weaker...

    25. February 15, 2013

      G20 finance chiefs take heat off Japan

      The yen fell sharply as global financial leaders gathered in Moscow tried to play down fears of a currency war and signalled...

    26. FT Alphaville

      February 5, 2013

      All's fair in love and currency wars

      Japan’s Masaaki Shirakawa gave notice on Tuesday that he would be leaving his post as governor of the Japanese central bank...

    27. February 5, 2013

      BoJ’s Shirakawa to step down early

      Bank of Japan governor Masaaki Shirakawa is to step down almost three weeks ahead of the scheduled end of his five-year...

    28. January 27, 2013

      Japan to cut reliance on bond sales

      Japan plans to cut its reliance on government bonds, as prime minister Shinzo Abe tries to demonstrate determination to...

    29. January 22, 2013

      Reluctant BoJ given deflation-beating role

      Whose job is it to end deflation in Japan? Shinzo Abe, the central bank-baiting prime minister, says the answer to that...

    30. January 20, 2013

      Japan seeks joint pact to boost economy

      A revolution in monetary policy is under way in Japan. The two-day meeting of the central bank’s policy board, which ends on...

    31. December 23, 2012

      Japan’s Abe issues ultimatum to BoJ

      Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime-minister-in-waiting, has threatened to revise the law governing the Bank of Japan if it refuses to...

    32. December 20, 2012

      BoJ adds Y10tn to easing programme

      The Bank of Japan stepped up its monetary easing with a Y10tn ($118bn) increase in the size of its asset-purchasing...

    33. December 18, 2012

      Abe leans on BoJ in post-election meeting

      Shinzo Abe, Japan’s incoming prime minister, has asked the Bank of Japan governor to set an inflation target of 2 per cent,...

    34. December 17, 2012

      Fiscal cliff momentum bolsters equities

      Monday 21:15 GMT. Stocks gathered strength amid signs of momentum in fiscal cliff talks in the US. The FTSE All-World equity...

    35. December 5, 2012

      Candidates vie for BoJ governorship

      Masaaki Shirakawa is the accidental governor. If all had gone according to the ruling Liberal Democratic party’s original...

    36. November 29, 2012

      Tokyo faces weak yen and high bond yields

      Regulators in Japan recently counselled regional banks that hold massive amounts of Japanese government bonds to shorten the...

    37. November 26, 2012

      Shirakawa defends BoJ from attack

      Japan’s central bank governor has defended his record on monetary easing, amid mounting political pressure on the Bank of...

    38. November 20, 2012

      BoJ holds firm amid political pressure

      Masaaki Shirakawa, governor of the Bank of Japan, has hit back against mounting political pressure on the central bank,...

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