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Some at BOJ Flag Need for Future Normalization Talks

  • They are said to agree stimulus must remain unchanged for now
  • Market expectations are said to be far ahead of policy makers
(EDITORS NOTE: Image was created using a variable planed lens.) A pedestrian walks past the The Bank of Japan (BOJ) headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. The BOJ's next monetary policy meeting is scheduled for Sept. 21. The central bank pushed back in July the projected timing for reaching its 2 percent inflation target for the sixth time as economic growth failed to drive price gains.
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A small shift is taking place in internal discussions among Bank of Japan policy makers, with a minority raising the need to eventually start discussing policy normalization, even though they agree the current stimulus program must continue unchanged for some time, according to people familiar with talks at the central bank.

Some of them think the change is natural given the improvement in the economy, according to the people, who declined to be named because discussions are private. Japan’s extended economic recovery and a slow but steady rise in inflation are creating the need in the medium-term to at least begin talking about normalization, the people said.