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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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,...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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,...

  35. November 19, 2012

    BoJ set to take wait and see stance

    The Bank of Japan concludes its policy meeting on Tuesday with traders anticipating a calm after the storm, the yen having...

  36. October 30, 2012

    BoJ independence called into question

    While the Bank of Japan kept markets waiting for a monetary policy announcement much longer than usual on Tuesday, in the...

  37. October 19, 2012

    Bernanke’s faith in QE on shaky ground

    Since the end of the International Monetary Fund meetings in Tokyo less than a week ago, there have been a series of...

  38. Money Supply

    July 20, 2012

    The week ahead in central banking

    Our week ahead email helps you to track the most important events in central banking. To see all of our emails and alerts...

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