BOJ Gov Kuroda says the pick up in the Japanese economy has been led by exports and the manufacturing sector.

  • says high US growth has supported growth in economies across the globe
  • says if Japan can improve public health and the economy with vaccination certificates the services sector recovery will be more pronunced
  • recent low inflation in Japan is mainly due to unusual factors such as cuts to mobile fees
  • excluding such factors Japan's CPI is not as weak as headline figures suggest
  • says demand in Japan has not recovered as rapidly as it has in the US
  • supply-side constraints in Japan are not as severe as in the US, there is no present need for firms to raise wages and selling prices.

On 'excluding such factors ' ... why yes, excluding falling prices will tend to boost inflation figures. Still, he is Governor of the Bank of Japan and I'm not, so maybe he is onto something.