IMF seeks ‘powerful’ easing from Bank of Japan

The International Monetary Fund said Tuesday the Bank of Japan should pursue “powerful monetary easing” to increase the chance of meeting its 1% inflation goal by 2014, according to a statement published on the website of the Washington-based agency.

Japan could substantially expand its asset purchase program in an effort to drive down lending rates to help achieve the inflation goal, the IMF said in the concluding statement, following its annual consultation mission.

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If Japan Is Broke, Why Is It Able to Bail Out Europe?

Not so long ago Japan was being portrayed as the deadbeat of the world financial system. Seems there is still some life — and money — in the island empire.

If you want to understand Japan, try watching what people do rather than listen to what they say. More even than in  other parts of the world there is a difference — and  what people do is, of course, a far more useful insight into their true situation. It is interesting therefore to note that as the International Monetary Fund wound down  its semi-annual meeting in Washington yesterday, the Japanese government emerged as by far the largest single non-eurozone contributor to the latest  euro rescue effort.  Yes, this is the same government that has been going round pretending to be bankrupt or at least offering no serious rebuttal when benighted American and British commentators portray Japanese public finances as a train wreck.

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