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BOJ divided on stimulus tweaks as pandemic stokes deflation fears By Reuters

BOJ divided on stimulus tweaks as pandemic stokes deflation fears By Reuters
BOJ divided on stimulus tweaks as pandemic stokes deflation fears

But some BOJ board members called for a more ambitious review as the hit to growth from COVID-19 stokes fears of a return to deflation, the summary showed."To avoid a return to deflation, the BOJ should assess its strategy, tools, and communication for achieving its price goal," another opinion quoted in the summary showed.Some members said the BOJ could make its ETF purchases more flexible, so it can sustain the programme for a prolonged period and ramp up buying if markets turn volatile, the summary showed.The policy examination will focus on tweaking the BOJ's purchases of exchange-traded funds (ETF) and operations for controlling the yield curve, according to the summary of the Dec.

BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has said the policy review will not lead to big changes to yield curve control (YCC) and instead focus on fine-tuning the framework to make it more sustainable.Others saw room to tweak the YCC's operations such as by seeking to control yields "more carefully" and allowing for a moderate steepening of the yield curve, it showed.

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