Bank of Japan March meeting summary: Policy will remain easy for some time

Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:46pm EDT
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By Stanley White

TOKYO (Reuters) - Bank of Japan board members said easy monetary policy will be in place for some time because consumer price growth is still distant from the central bank's 2 percent inflation target, a summary of opinions from their March 15-16 meeting showed on Monday.

Members dismissed the notion that the BOJ would have to raise its 10-year government bond yield target due to gains in bond yields overseas, and instead said it should focus solely on the domestic economy.

However, some members did express concern about the BOJ's ability to control the 10-year yield in the future.

"Some market participants argue that the Bank needs to change the monetary policy in response to the rise in the long-term yields overseas," one member said.

"However, the monetary policy in Japan should be decided based on Japan's economic activity and prices. It will be a considerable length of time before the Bank will need to change its monetary policy."

At the meeting, the BOJ kept policy on hold and Governor Haruhiko Kuroda pushed back against speculation that the BOJ will raise its target for the 10-year bond yield sometime this year.

The BOJ maintained its short-term interest rate target of minus 0.1 and a pledge to guide the 10-year government bond yield JP10YT=RR at around zero percent.

It also kept intact a loose pledge to maintain the pace of its annual increase in Japanese government bond (JGBs) holdings, which is 80 trillion yen ($723.98 billion).   Continued...

FILE PHOTO: A man runs past the Bank of Japan (BOJ) building in Tokyo, Japan, July 29, 2016.   REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo