Jan 15, 2020
Kuroda: Won't hesitate to take additional easing steps if risks grow
BoJ gov Kuroda is crossing the wires and has said that Japan's economy has been expanding moderately as a trend, though exports, output, business sentiment have been affected by overseas slowdown and natural disasters.
- Japan's economy likely to continue expanding moderately as a trend, though affected by overseas slowdown for time being.
- Consumer inflation is moving around 0.5%
- Consumer inflation to accelerate gradually towards 2% on positive output gap and rises in inflation expectations while being affected by decline in oil prices for time being.
- Japan's financial system is maintaining stability.
- BoJ will maintain QQE with yield curve control for as long as needed to achieve 2% inflation in stable manner.
- BoJ will continue expanding monetary base until consumer inflation stably exceeds 2%.
- BoJ expects short-, long-term rates to remain at current or lower levels as long as necessary.
- Won't hesitate to take additional easing steps if risks grow that momentum towards achieving price target will be lost.