Business | Jan 23

Noto Peninsula Earthquake Could Impact End of Negative Interest Rates, Bank of Japan Governor Indicates

TOKYO, Jan 23 (News On Japan) - In the first monetary policy meeting of the year, the Bank of Japan (BoJ) decided to maintain its large-scale financial easing measures. Governor Kazuo Ueda, in a press conference, indicated that the Noto Peninsula earthquake might influence decisions related to the abolition of negative interest rates.

Governor Ueda stated, "If the Noto Peninsula earthquake leads to significant negative macroeconomic impacts, it could strongly affect our decision on the 'exit' from policies such as the abolition of negative interest rates."

As of now, Governor Ueda noted that no significant negative impacts on the overall economy's supply chain or consumer sentiment have been observed due to the earthquake. However, he mentioned that the full extent of the damage is still unclear, and depending on the situation, it could affect the 'exit' from financial policies like the cessation of negative interest rates.

In this year's first policy-setting meeting, the BoJ has maintained its current policy of negative interest rates and keeping the long-term interest rates at a cap of 1%.

This stance reflects the BoJ's cautious approach in navigating economic uncertainties, especially in the wake of natural disasters like the Noto Peninsula earthquake. The central bank is balancing its commitment to stimulating the economy with the need to adapt its strategies in response to unforeseen events. As the situation unfolds, the Bank of Japan remains vigilant, ready to adjust its policies to ensure economic stability and growth.

Source: ANN


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