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The Bank of Japan left its key short-term interest rate unchanged at -0.1 percent at its June 2018 meeting, as widely expected. Policymakers also kept its 10-year government bond yield target around zero percent but lowered their assessment on inflation to be in a range of 0.5 to 1 percent for 2018 fiscal year. Previously in April, the central bank said inflation was moving around 1 percent. Interest Rate in Japan averaged 2.83 percent from 1972 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 9 percent in December of 1973 and a record low of -0.10 percent in January of 2016.

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BoJ Holds Policy Steady, Lowers Inflation Assessment


The Bank of Japan left its key short-term interest rate unchanged at -0.1 percent at its June 2018 meeting, as widely expected. Policymakers also kept its 10-year government bond yield target around zero percent but lowered their assessment on inflation to be in a range of 0.5 to 1 percent for 2018 fiscal year.

Previously in April, the central bank said inflation was moving around 1 percent.

With regard to the amount of JGBs to be purchased, the Bank will conduct buying at more or less the current pace -- an annual pace of increase of about 80 trillion yen.

The BoJ also determined by an unanimous vote to purchase exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and Japan real estate investment trusts (J-REITs) so that their amounts outstanding will increase at an annual paces of about JPY 6.0 trillion and about JPY 90 billion, respectively. As for CP and corporate bonds, the Bank will maintain their amounts outstanding at about 2.2 trillion yen and about 3.2 trillion yen respectively.  

Excerpts from the Statement by the Bank of Japan:

Japan's economy is expanding moderately, with a virtuous cycle from income to spending opearting. Overseas economies have continued to grow firmly on the whole. In this situation, exports have been on an increasing trend. On the domestic demand side, business fixed investment has continued on an increasing trend with corporate profits and business sentiment maintaining their improving trend.  Private consumption has been increasing moderately, albeit with fluctuations, against the background of steady improvement in the employment and income situation. Housing investment has been weakening somewhat. Meanwhile, public investment has been more or less flat, remaining at a relatively high level. Reflecting these increases in demand both at home and abroad, industrial production has been on an increasing trend, and labor market conditions have continued to tighthen steadily. Financial conditions are highly accommodative. On the price front, the year-on-year rate of change in the consumer price index (CPI, all items less fresh food) is in the range of 0.5-1 percent. Inflation expectations have been more or less unchanged.

With regard to the outlook, Japan's economy is likely to continue its moderate expansion. Domestic demand is likely to follow an uptrend, with a virtuous cycle from income to spending being maintained in both the household and corporate sectors, mainly against the background of highly accommodative financial conditions and underpinnings through the government spending. Exports are expected to continue their moderate increasing trend on the back of the firm growth in overseas economies. The year-on-year rate of change in the CPI is likely to continue on an uptrend and increase toward 2 percent, mainly on the back of an improvement in the output gap and a rise in medium-to long-term inflation expectations.

Risks to the outlook include the following: the US economy policies and the impact on global financial markets; developments in emerging and commodity-exporting economies; negotiations on the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union (EU) and their effects, and geopolitical risks.

The Bank will continue with "Quantitative and Qualitative Monetary Easing (QQE) with a Negative Interest Rate," aiming to achieve the price stability target of 2 percent, as long as it is necessary for maintaining that target in a stable manner. It will continue expanding the monetary base until the year-on-year rate of increase in the observed CPI (all items less fresh food) exceeds 2 percent and stays above the target in a stable manner. The Bank will make policy adjustments as appropriate, taking account of developments in economc activity and prices as well as financial conditions, with a view to maintaining the momentum toward achieving the price stability target.



Bank of Japan l Rida | rida@tradingeconomics.com
6/15/2018 3:27:49 AM



Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2018-03-09 03:00 AM BoJ Interest Rate Decision -0.1% -0.1% -0.1% -0.1%
2018-04-27 03:00 AM BoJ Interest Rate Decision -0.1% -0.1% -0.1% -0.1%
2018-06-15 03:00 AM BoJ Interest Rate Decision -0.1% -0.1% -0.1% -0.1%
2018-07-31 03:00 AM BoJ Interest Rate Decision -0.1% -0.1%
2018-07-31 05:00 AM BoJ Quarterly Outlook Report
2018-09-19 03:00 AM BoJ Interest Rate Decision -0.1%


Japan Money Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Interest Rate -0.10 -0.10 9.00 -0.10 percent [+]
Interbank Rate -0.04 -0.04 8.50 -0.08 percent [+]
Money Supply M0 99060.80 99073.10 99257.00 2130.10 JPY Billion [+]
Money Supply M1 759469.40 756265.80 759469.40 3921.00 JPY Billion [+]
Money Supply M2 1007170.90 1003237.20 1007170.90 8404.00 JPY Billion [+]
Money Supply M3 1333208.50 1329771.20 1333208.50 1008505.00 JPY Billion [+]
Central Bank Balance Sheet 537016.80 540803.60 540803.60 4864.50 JPY Billion [+]
Foreign Exchange Reserves 1258700.00 1254500.00 1306668.00 455.00 USD Million [+]
Loans to Private Sector 456475.70 454949.70 536555.80 375948.90 JPY Billion [+]
Deposit Interest Rate 0.30 0.40 5.50 0.04 percent [+]
Foreign Stock Investment 74.30 -299.80 1568.80 -2162.40 JPY Billion [+]
Foreign Bond Investment 817.90 -293.40 2549.70 -3072.10 JPY Billion [+]
Loan Growth 2.20 2.00 3.60 -5.00 percent [+]
Private Debt to GDP 229.40 227.00 291.90 227.00 percent [+]


Japan Interest Rate

In Japan, interest rates are set by the Bank of Japan's Policy Board in its Monetary Policy Meetings. The BoJ's official interest rate is the discount rate. Monetary Policy Meetings produce a guideline for money market operations in inter-meeting periods and this guideline is written in terms of a target for the uncollateralized overnight call rate. This page provides - Japan Interest Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Japan Interest Rate - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on July of 2018.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
-0.10 -0.10 9.00 -0.10 1972 - 2018 percent Daily




interest rate by Country
Country Last
Turkey 17.75 Jun/18
Mexico 7.75 Jun/18
Russia 7.25 Jun/18
Brazil 6.50 Jun/18
India 6.25 Jun/18
Indonesia 5.25 Jun/18
China 4.35 Jun/18
United States 2.00 Jun/18
Australia 1.50 Jul/18
Canada 1.50 Jul/18
South Korea 1.50 Jul/18
United Kingdom 0.50 Jul/18
Euro Area 0.00 Jun/18
France 0.00 Jun/18
Germany 0.00 Jun/18
Italy 0.00 Jun/18
Netherlands 0.00 Jun/18
Spain 0.00 Jun/18
Japan -0.10 Jun/18
Switzerland -0.75 Jun/18


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