Bank of Japan (BOJ) announcement:

  • Retains plan for 60-70tln yen annual rise in monetary base
  • Unanimous vote to keep policy steady
  • Says Japan economy continues to recover moderately as a trend, keeps assessment unchanged
  • Revises down assessment on exports
  • Revises down assessment on industrial output
  • Says exports have shown some weakness
  • Industrial output has continued to increase moderately as a trend but has recently shown some weakness
  • Household spending remains resilient as a trend with effect of sales tax hike gradually beginning to wane
  • BOJ board turns down by 8-1 vote proposal by its member Kiuchi to make 2 pct inflation target a medium- to long-term goal

Headlines via Reuters

Full text: Statement on Monetary Policy (Announced at 12:08 p.m.) [PDF 165KB]