• Pandemic impact still being felt, there are downside risks to the economy
  • Hence, decided to keep existing forward guidance unchanged
  • But will not rule out possibility of altering forward guidance in the future

In any case, things are unlikely to change during his term - which is set to run its course in April next year. Kuroda also says that the central bank isn't considering to raise interest rates for now, with the current easing policy in place being "appropriate".