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BOJ Kuroda maintains positive view on economy

By Leika Kihara TOKYO (Reuters) - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Wednesday affirmed its upbeat view of the economy, even as global financial markets wobble, stressing that growth will pick up around mid-year as the sting of a sales tax hike fades. Price rises will broaden as the economy continues gradually to improve, Kuroda added, reiterating his view that Japan is making headway towards the central bank's price goal of 2 percent inflation in about a year's time.

Japan PM talks with BOJ chief, does not push for easing

By Stanley White TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Tuesday but did not pressure the central bank chief to ease policy, curbing speculation that the BOJ might take more aggressive action this month. Over lunch, Abe and Kuroda "took plenty of time to discuss economic conditions and so forth in a calm manner," said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.

Kuroda hints at further monetary easing to achieve BOJ inflation target

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Tuesday expressed his determination to achieve the central bank's inflation target, suggesting the BOJ may decide on additional monetary easing to boost the economy. "When needed, we will adjust (our policy) without any hesitation," Kuroda told reporters after meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, adding to speculation over the central bank's actions in the near future to address the possible negative economic impact of the recent sales tax hike.

Kuroda hints at more monetary easing to achieve BOJ's inflation target

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda on Tuesday expressed his determination to achieve the central bank's inflation target, suggesting the BOJ may decide on additional monetary easing to boost the economy. "When needed, we will adjust (our policy) without any hesitation," Kuroda told reporters after meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, adding to speculation over the bank's actions in the near future to address the possible negative impact on the economy of the recent sales tax hike.

BOJ Kuroda's meeting with PM Abe won't alter policy stance: sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will revive their regular meetings this month, people familiar with the matter said, in a sign the government may be concerned about recent stock market declines and an uptick in the yen. Kuroda has remained bullish about the outlook for economic recovery and an escape from deflation, but the meeting with Abe could revive expectations of additional stimulus.

BOJ expects continued economic recovery, no need for further easing now

The Bank of Japan decided Tuesday to keep intact its ultraloose monetary easing to beat deflation and retained the view that the domestic economy is likely to continue recovering after the April 1 sales tax hike, with BOJ chief Haruhiko Kuroda currently seeing no need for additional easing.

BOJ's Kuroda dismisses need for additional stimulus

By Leika Kihara and Stanley White TOKYO (Reuters) - Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said there was no need for additional stimulus to escape years of debilating deflation, expressing confidence on Tuesday the world's third-largest economy can ride out the impact of a sales tax rise. Kuroda dismissed market expectations the BOJ could ease again soon to soften the blow from the tax rise that took effect of April 1, stressing a short-term disruption was unlikely to derail a steady recovery already underway.

Bank of Japan holds off additional monetary easing

The Bank of Japan on Tuesday stood pat on its monetary easing programme as it assesses the impact of a controversial sales tax rise introduced at the start of the month. Policymakers, who were wrapping up a two-day meeting, have stood their ground since last April, only making tweaks to the vast programme as it rippled through the world's third-largest economy. "Japan's economy has continued to recover moderately as a trend, albeit with some fluctuations due to the consumption tax hike," the BoJ said in a statement.

Yen gains in Asia after BoJ wraps up meeting

The yen extended its gains in Asia Tuesday as the Bank of Japan stood pat on its monetary easing programme while it assesses the impact of a sales tax rise on the world's third-largest economy. The dollar slipped to 102.90 yen in Tokyo midday trade from 103.09 yen in New York Monday, while the euro also weakened to 141.45 yen from 141.65 yen in US trade. The European single currency bought $1.3743, little changed from $1.3740.

Bank of Japan holds off additional monetary easing

The Bank of Japan on Tuesday painted an upbeat picture of the world's number three economy and stood pat on its monetary easing programme as it assesses the impact of a controversial sales tax rise. Policymakers decided to hold fire on the multi-billion-dollar asset-purchase scheme introduced in April last year as part of a drive by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to drag the country out of years of deflation and slumbering growth.
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