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BOJ keeps policy steady, offering bleaker view on exports and output

via The Japan Times    Sep 22, 2021

Haruhiko Kuroda | REUTERS

The central bank decided to set short-term interest rates at minus 0.1% while guiding 10-year government bond yields around 0% to keep borrowing costs low ...

Haruhiko Kuroda’s monetary experiment set to continue beyond BOJ tenure record

By Toru Fujioka,Sumio Ito
- via The Japan Times    Sep 21, 2021

Haruhiko Kuroda will become the Bank of Japan’s longest-running governor at the end of this month. | BLOOMBERG

Reaching the landmark as longest-running governor will be testament to Kuroda's ability to keep political and market pressure at bay despite having failed to spark ...

Will fiscal consolidation be a priority for ruling party’s new leader?

By Keita Nakamura
- via The Japan Times    Sep 17, 2021

Photo taken from a helicopter shows Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Skytree being lit up on Aug. 24. | KYODO

The next leader will be tasked with attending to Japan's fiscal health, which is the worst among major developed countries.

Next prime minister unlikely to set off Bank of Japan policy shift, survey shows

via The Japan Times    Sep 16, 2021

The next prime minister is unlikely to push for a change in the Bank of Japan's monetary policy, economists say. | BLOOMBERG

Some 84% of survey respondents predict there won’t be any meaningful change in monetary policy as a result of the new political leadership, while the ...

What does each LDP contender have in store for Japan’s economy?

By Kazuaki Nagata
- via The Japan Times    Sep 16, 2021

Former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida (left), vaccine chief Taro Kono (center) and former internal affairs minister Sanae Takaichi each have varying economic policy agendas. | KYODO

The ruling party's leadership candidates stand apart on how to revive the nation's pandemic-hit economy.

Shinsei Bank claims SBI’s explanation not enough over takeover bid

via The Japan Times    Sep 16, 2021

Shinsei Bank has yet to clarify its stance on the planned takeover but pointed out in a statement that some information given by SBI is ...

Shinsei Bank seeks help from Sony to counter SBI’s takeover bid

via The Japan Times    Sep 15, 2021

If Sony agrees to become a so-called white knight, it would lead to a bidding war for Shinsei.

Shinsei Bank far from repaying public funds amid low stock price

via The Japan Times    Sep 13, 2021

Shinsei Bank has little prospect of repaying about ¥350 billion in public funds. | BLOOMBERG

SBI announced Thursday a tender offer for Shinsei, saying that it will buy shares in the bank at ¥2,000 apiece.

After the ‘bazooka’, Bank of Japan dismantles the work of its radical chief

By Leika Kihara
- via The Japan Times    Sep 13, 2021

Bank of Japan Governor, Haruhiko Kuroda, attends a news conference in Tokyo in January 2020. | REUTERS

After years of shock-and-awe stimulus, the Bank of Japan is quietly rolling back radical policies.

Big Japan firms’ sentiment turns positive for first time in three quarters

via The Japan Times    Sep 13, 2021

A mass vaccination site for young people in downtown Nagoya which opened on Saturday | KYODO

The confidence index covering firms with capital of ¥1 billion ($9.1 million) or more registered plus 3.3, up from minus 4.7 in the April to ...

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