Japan’s economy to recover from pandemic pain in coming months, BOJ chief says

Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda wearing a protective face mask attends a news conference as the spread of the coronavirus disease continues in Tokyo, Japan, April 27, 2020, in this photo released by Kyodo. — Kyodo handout pic via Reuters
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda wearing a protective face mask attends a news conference as the spread of the coronavirus disease continues in Tokyo, Japan, April 27, 2020, in this photo released by Kyodo. — Kyodo handout pic via Reuters

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TOKYO, Nov 29 — Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda today voiced confidence the country’s economy will overcome the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in coming months due to dramatic progress made in vaccinating the population.

“I’m quite sure the Japanese economy would overcome the impact of Covid-19 in coming months, and would be on a recovery and growth phase within a couple months,” he said at a Paris Europlace forum.

Kuroda made the remarks before reading a prepared speech on green finance, underscoring the BOJ’s intention of communicating to markets its optimism over the world’s third-largest economy.

The BOJ next meets for a rate review on December 16-17. It is set to keep monetary settings unchanged and may decide whether to extend a set of pandemic-relief lending programmes beyond their current March 2022 deadline.

Japan has lagged other advanced nations in making a strong recovery from the pandemic’s hit as state of emergency curbs to combat the virus weighed on consumption.

While the September 30 lifting of the curbs has given rise to hopes of a rebound in consumption, supply bottlenecks and parts shortages have disrupted manufacturers’ production and weighed on the export-reliant economy.

Concerns over Japan’s fragile recovery have prompted the government to unveil a record US$490 billion (RM2 trillion) spending package earlier this month, bucking a global trend towards withdrawing crisis-mode stimulus measures. — Reuters

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