BOJ to Steadily Promote Easing Says Policymaker

The Bank of Japan aims to “steadily promote” monetary easing, as the central bank is only halfway to overcoming deflation and achieving its 2 percent inflation target, a BOJ policymaker said Wednesday.

The BOJ intends to “steadily promote monetary policy by mobilizing all three dimensions of easing steps — quantity, quality and interest rates,” Policy Board member Yukitoshi Funo said in a speech in Niigata Prefecture.

“As for the future of the Japanese economy, we need to turn around the long-entrenched deflationary mindset as deflation has persisted for a long period of time, and we are still halfway along the path to realizing the price stability target,” he said.

His remarks came amid speculation among market participants that the number of policy tools available to the BOJ is dwindling and the bank may start tapering its massive asset purchases.

BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has instructed his staff to conduct a comprehensive assessment on its large-scale monetary easing policy by its next policy review on Sept. 20-21.

via Mainichi

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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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