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Bank of Japan keeps monetary policy stable; offers weaker view on inflation

The decision on maintaining its interest rate targets was made by an 8-1 vote with board member Goushi Kataoka dissenting

Reuters  |  Tokyo 

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The kept monetary policy steady on Friday and offered a weaker view on inflation than in April, signalling that it will be in no rush to dial back its massive stimulus programme.

In a widely expected move, the BOJ maintained its short-term interest rate target at minus 0.1 per cent and a pledge to guide 10-year government bond yields around zero per cent.

The decision on maintaining its interest rate targets was made by an 8-1 vote with board member Goushi Kataoka dissenting.

"Consumer price growth is in a range of 0.5 to 1 per cent," the BOJ said in a statement announcing the decision. That compared with its view at its April meeting that consumer inflation was moving around 1 per cent.

BOJ Governor will hold a news conference at 3:30 p.m. (0630 GMT) to explain the policy decision.

First Published: Fri, June 15 2018. 09:45 IST
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