Bank of Japan Keeping Monetary Policy, Interest Rates Steady

Easy money continues


The Bank of Japan on Wednesday decided to keep its monetary easing plan unchanged and retained its inflation forecasts for the next two years, strengthening expectations that the central bank may keep the policy steady at least for now, with consumer prices evolving in line with its forecasts.

At the end of a two-day meeting of the nine-member Policy Board, led by Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, the central bank said it will keep the target of the monetary base expansion at an annual pace of JPY 60-70 trillion.