BOJ’s Kuroda Tells Abe Long Term Inflation Target Unchanged

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said he told Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday that inflation is slowing due to a decline in oil prices but there is no change in the long-term rising trend for consumer prices as the economy improves.

Kuroda, speaking to reporters after the meeting, said he also told Abe that the economy remains on a gradual recovery path.

Kuroda also said that monetary policy was not discussed, but that may do little to quell speculation that the prime minister had a message for the central bank governor.

The meeting occurred at a time when slowing inflation is testing the BOJ’s ability to meet its 2 percent consumer price growth target, and raising questions about whether additional monetary easing is needed later this year to keep prices on track.

“I explained that the economy is doing well and remains on track for recovery,” Kuroda told reporters.

“Oil price declines will eventually stop having an impact on consumer prices, so there is no change to the price trend.”

The prime minister and the central bank governor regularly meet to exchange views on the economy.

Kuroda said Abe did not ask questions. However, government officials attending the BOJ’s policy meeting in February dropped their calls for the central bank to hit its inflation target “at the earliest date possible” – signaling less urgency.

via Reuters

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Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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