Headlines from Bank of Japan (BOJ) Governor Kuroda speaking at a meeting held by the Naigai Josei Chousa Kai (Research Institute of Japan) in Tokyo:

  • BOJ QQE is having the intended effect
  • Japan’s economy is making progress in meeting 2% target
  • Japan’s economy has continued to recover moderately as a trend despite a decline in demand following the consumption tax hike in April
  • Virtuous cycle among production, income, and spending has been continuing
  • Favourable developments in the corporate sector have become more pronounced
  • If inflation expectations are anchored at 2 pct, this will raise potential growth rate due to gains in productivity and capex
  • Tightening of the labour market has exerted upward pressures on wages
  • Efforts needed to raise supply capacity as this will determine potential growth
  • Private consumption continues to remain resilient as a trend
  • Even if there are supply-side constraints in short-term, economy can grow above potential by improving efficiency
  • Effects of decline in real income due to the consumption tax hike might gradually manifest themselves, so BOJ will continue to carefully examine future developments
  • Effects of decline in demand following the consumption tax hike are likely to wane gradually from summer, partly due to expected increase in summer bonuses
  • BOJ strongly hopes government will push ahead with implementation of growth strategy and that private sector responds
  • Structural factors may have also played a certain role in keeping export growth flat
  • Exports have recently more or less leveled off despite the correction of the excessive appreciation of the yen
  • BOJ will continue to pursue monetary policy aiming at achieving 2 pct inflation and anchoring inflation expectations
  • Recently, there have finally been signs that firms are planning to increase the share of domestic investment vs that of overseas investment
  • Japan’s exports are likely to increase moderately due mainly to recovery in overseas economies
  • BOJ does not want inflation at 2 pct temporarily, wants 2 pct inflation on average year after year
  • Japan’s economy is likely to gradually shift to a growth path that sustains the price stability target of 2 percent in a stable manner
  • BOJ will make policy adjustment without hesitation to meet price target if the outlook changes due to the manifestation of some risk factors
  • Some firms starting to raise prices while increasing quality of goods and services
  • Gains in prices show people’s inflation expectations will likely follow upward trend
  • I would like to emphasise that the BOJ will adjust policy if needed to ensure price target is met given its clear and strong commitment to its price target
  • Inflation is increasingly being taken into account in wage negotiations

Headlines via Reuters

There isn’t anything new in this, is there? I’ve bolded one sentence, but its not as if its really that new. Maybe “I would like to emphasise” is a stronger indication that there could be further easing. Or am I just trying to find something in the comments?