Bank of Japan Summary – Easy monetary conditions are expected to continue

Headlines via Reuters:

  • One member said if trend inflation accelerates, BOJ will adjust
    degree of monetary easing but accommodative financial environment
    likely to continue for time being
  • One member said if
    forecasts under quarterly report are met, interest rates might rise
    to levels higher than markets currently price in
  • One member said one
    option would be to hike rates moderately in accordance with economic,
    price, financial developments, to avoid shock from abrupt policy
  • One member said must hike rates at appropriate timing as likelihood of achieving our
    forecasts heightens
  • One member said BOJ
    must deepen debate on timing, pace of future rate hike
  • One member said extent of consumption recovery toward latter half of this year will
    be key in considering next policy change timing
  • One member said if inflation overshoot continues against backdrop of
    weak yen, pace of policy normalisation may become faster
  • One member said households’ purchasing power remains weak so must maintain easy
    monetary conditions for time being
  • One member said appropriate for BOJ to indicate, at some point, path toward reducing
    its bond buying
  • One member said BOJ must proceed with shrinking its balance sheet
    including by reducing bond buying when right time comes
  • One member said even if it takes a long time, BOJ must eventually eliminate its etf
  • One member said must be mindful of upside risk to inflation as weak yen, rising crude
    oil prices affecting cost-push pressure
  • One member said weak yen weighs on economy short-term, but may push
    up trend inflation by boosting output, income in medium-, to
    long-term horizon
  • One member said must be vigilant to various upside risks to inflation, such as weak
    yen, fiscal stimulus and chance of stronger wage-inflation spiral
  • MOF rep said
    consumption lacking momentum, hope BOJ works closely with govt to
    achieve sustainable 2% inflation


Full text:


The Summary of Opinions from the Bank of Japan today is for the April 25-26 meeting:

The Bank of Japan (BOJ) releases a “Summary of Opinions” after each monetary policy meeting. It serves as a record of the discussion and views of the Policy Board members on various economic and financial issues.

Key points about the Summary:

  • The summary includes the views of the Policy Board members on economic conditions, both domestically and globally. This includes assessments of economic growth, inflation, and employment trends, among other indicators.
  • The summary also outlines the Policy Board members’ views on the effectiveness of the BOJ’s current monetary policy measures, including interest rate policy, asset purchases, and yield curve control. Members may discuss the pros and cons of these policies and their potential impact on the economy.
  • The summary includes discussions on the outlook for monetary policy and the potential risks to the economy. Board members may express their views on the appropriate timing and direction of future policy changes, as well as the potential impact of external factors such as global economic conditions.
  • The summary also includes any dissenting views among the Policy Board members. If a member disagrees with the majority view on a particular issue, they may express their own opinion and rationale.

In a few week’s time we’ll get the Minutes of this meeting. The Minutes are a more detailed record of the discussions and decisions made during the meeting.

  • The Minutes include a more complete record of the views expressed, including any dissents or alternative opinions that may not be included in the summary.
  • The Summary of Opinions is typically released a few days after the policy meeting, while the Minutes are published about a month later. This means that the Summary of Opinions can provide more up-to-date information on the BOJ’s current stance and view on the economy and monetary policy.
  • The Summary of Opinions is usually written in a more accessible language, making it easier to understand the BOJ’s views on monetary policy.
  • The Minutes, on the other hand, are often more technical and may require a deeper understanding of economics and financial markets.
  • The Summary of Opinions is typically shorter than the Minutes.

This article was written by Eamonn Sheridan at Source