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Bank of Japan to Weigh Covid Aid as Main Stimulus Chugs On: Decision Guide

  • Analysts see BOJ waiting to decide fate of Covid aid measures
  • Omicron has put the BOJ in wait-and-see mode, along with peers
Outside the Bank of Japan headquarters in Tokyo.

Outside the Bank of Japan headquarters in Tokyo.

Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

The Bank of Japan is seen standing pat on its main stimulus Friday while weighing an extension to its Covid aid program at the end of a big week of central bank decisions.

With the vast majority of economists expecting no change in the BOJ’s negative interest rate or its main asset purchases, the focus shifts to whether the bank might extend or tweak a funding program for Covid-hit businesses that’s set to expire in March, or hold off on deciding until later.