BOJ’s Kuroda says no immediate need to overhaul policy framework

25-Nov-2020 Intellasia | Reuters | 6:51 AM Print This Post

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Tuesday he saw no immediate need to overhaul the central bank’s monetary policy framework, as the hit to the economy from COVID-19 keeps inflation distant from its 2 percent inflation target.

But he said the BOJ would not rule out future debate of a review, as other major central banks such as the US Federal Reserve look deeper into why inflation remains subdued despite years of aggressive monetary easing.

“There is no need now to review our policy framework. But there could be debate at an appropriate timing in the future,” Kuroda said in a semi-annual testimony to parliament.

Kuroda also stuck to the BOJ’s view that Japan’s economy is on track for a moderate recovery, even as a recent resurgence in coronavirus infections cloud the outlook.

In its current quarterly forecasts issued last month, the BOJ expects Japan’s economy to contract 5.5 percent in the fiscal year ending in March 2021 but expand 3.6 percent in the following year.

“I don’t think we need to overhaul our projections” due to the global resurgence in COVID-19 infections, Kuroda said.

“Our view is that Japan isn’t heading toward deflation, though we’re watching developments in service consumption and capital expenditure carefully,” he added.

Under a policy dubbed yield curve control, the BOJ sets its short-term rate target at -0.1 percent and that for long-term rates around zero. It also buys huge amounts of government bonds and risky assets, though inflation remains distant from its 2 percent goal.


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