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BoJ minutes: QQE will continue as long as necessary

FXStreet (Bali) - As widely expected, the minutes of the
monetary policy meeting from Aug 7/8 by the BoJ offered little surprises, with the central bank reaffirming that the monetary base will increase at an annual pace of about 60-70 trillion yen.

Key quotes

"Japan's economy has continued to recover moderately as a trend, although the subsequent decline in demand following the front-loaded increase prior to the consumption tax hike has been observed. Overseas economies -- mainly advanced economies -- have been recovering, albeit with a lackluster performance still seen in part. Exports have shown some weakness. Business fixed investment has increased moderately as corporate profits have improved. Public investment has more or less leveled off at a high level. With the employment and income situation improving steadily, private consumption and housing investment have remained resilient as a trend, and the effects of the decline in demand following the front-loaded increase have gradually begun to wane on the whole. Reflecting these developments in demand both at home and abroad, industrial production has continued to increase moderately as a trend, although it has recently shown some weakness. Meanwhile, financial conditions are accommodative. On the price front, the year-on-year rate of increase in the consumer price index (CPI, all items less fresh food), excluding the direct effects of the consumption tax hike, is around 1¼ percent. Inflation expectations appear to be rising on the whole. "

"With regard to the outlook, Japan's economy is expected to continue its moderate recovery trend, and the effects of the subsequent decline in demand following the front-loaded increase prior to the consumption tax hike are expected to wane gradually. The year-on-year rate of increase in the CPI is likely to be around 1¼ percent for some time."

"Risks to the outlook include developments in the emerging and commodity-exporting economies, the prospects for the European debt problem, and the pace of recovery in the U.S. economy."

"Quantitative and qualitative monetary easing (QQE) has been exerting its intended effects, and the Bank will continue with the QQE, aiming to achieve the price stability target of 2 percent, as long as it is necessary for maintaining that target in a stable manner. It will examine both upside and downside risks to economic activity and prices, and make adjustments as appropriate"

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