Japan's central bank was unlikely to cut interest rates on Tuesday, but would focus on revising the timeframe for reaching inflation targets in the country's moribund economy, an economist told CNBC.
Takuji Okubo, principal and chief economist at Japan Macro Advisors, told CNBC's "The Rundown" that the Bank of Japan could lengthen the time period needed to achieve its 2 percent inflation target, a time when prices remain weak.
Although the central bank has never given a specific date for hitting its inflation target, saying in its September policy statement that it aimed for "the earliest possible time," economists have interpreted that to mean by the end of 2017.
"With the inflation rate currently at zero, I think it is no longer realistic. The BOJ would have to significantly delay its outlook to achieve its inflation target," said Okubo.
The consumer price index (CPI) declined 0.5 percent in September from a year earlier, while so-called core CPI, which excludes fresh food items, also fell 0.5 percent.
The broader economy has also been losing momentum. Industrial output in September was flat, retail sales dropped 1.9 percent on-year and exports fell 6.9 percent from a year earlier, after declining 9.6 percent in August.