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Japan's central bank offers bond purchases to keep rates low

TOKYO (AP) — The Bank of Japan made an offer for unlimited government bond purchases Monday, moving to curb a surge in long-term interest rates in the world's third-largest economy. ...

Japan's inflation hovers around 2-year high, BOJ flags price pressure

Japan's core consumer prices rose 0.5% in December from a year earlier, increasing for a second month in a row at the fastest pace in nearly two years in a sign of broadening inflationary pressure...

Asia shares mostly higher after US holiday; BOJ stands pat

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly higher Tuesday in the absence of big market-moving news following a national holiday in the U.S. The Bank of Japan wrapped up a two-day policy ...

Bank of Japan governor says inflation likely to gradually accelerate

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Wednesday that consumer inflation was expected to gradually accelerate on rising energy costs and an expected increase in demand driven by a moderate eco...

Japan warns of need for currency stability as yen falls persist

Japan's Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki stressed on Friday the need for currency stability and said he was watching market moves "carefully," in the wake of the yen's recent decline...

BOJ's Kuroda: too early to consider normalising monetary policy

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Monday it was too early to consider normalising monetary policy, bolstering the view that the Japanese central bank would lag behind other central banks ...

Inflation a worry for most economies, but not Japan

Surging prices are haunting consumers and confounding economic planners in the U.S. and other countries, but not in Japan, where sparking inflation has proven an elusive goal. While...

Japan's wholesale inflation hits 40-year high as fuel costs spike

Japan's wholesale inflation hit a four-decade high in October, following a similar spike in China's factory gate prices as supply bottlenecks and rising commodity costs threatened Asian corpor...

From beef bowls to coffee, cost surge squeezes Japan's salaryman staples

TOKYO, Oct 14 (Reuters) - In 50 years running a cafe in Tokyo, Shizuo Mori can't remember a time when his coffee supplies cost this much. The 78-year-old, who owns Heckeln, an old-school coffee...

Japan's business mood improves on solid demand, hopes of post-COVID recovery

TOKYO, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Japan's business mood improved for a fifth straight quarter in September with manufacturers perking up on robust global demand, a central bank survey showed on Friday, bod...

Soft-spoken Kishida to become Japan's next PM after party vote

TOKYO, Sept 29 (Reuters) - Former foreign minister Fumio Kishida won on Wednesday a race to lead Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), virtually ensuring that he will succeed Prime Minist...

Dollar eyes stellar week as Fed sends bears scurrying

SINGAPORE, June 18 (Reuters) - The dollar was headed for its best week in nearly nine months on Friday as investors scrambled to price in a sooner-than-expected ending to extraordinary U.S. monetary s...

Japan's wholesale prices rise at fastest pace in 13 years on commodities surge

TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan’s wholesale prices rose at their fastest annual pace in 13 years reflecting higher commodity costs, data showed on Thursday, a sign global inflationary pressures are pinch...

Analysis: Japan Inc squeezed by surging costs and frugal consumer fears

At his factory in Tokyo, Shigeki Kato has a grim strategy to deal with rising costs that threaten profit margins: grin and bear it. Kato's Orion Industry Corp supplies precision steel sheets to...

Markets higher as Fed chair says interest rates to stay low

Asian markets were mostly higher Friday after the Federal Reserve said it might keep interest rates low even if inflation rises, in a major overhaul of its strategy. Shares retreate...