Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda claimed some success for the central bank's aggressive monetary stimulus on Thursday, saying that the economy is on track to a steady recovery with signs inflation expectations are picking up.
Speaking at a quarterly meeting of the BOJ's regional branch managers, Kuroda also reiterated the central bank's commitment to maintain its ultra-easy monetary policy until its 2 percent inflation target is achieved in a stable manner.
"Japan's economy is steadily heading towards a recovery since we adopted our qualitative and quantitative monetary easing in April," Kuroda said.
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"We're seeing the effect of our policies, such as indicators suggesting an increase in inflation expectations."
Kuroda also said core consumer inflation, which has remained largely flat, will gradually turn positive reflecting improvements in the economy.
His comments underscore the growing conviction within the BOJ that the economy is on track to meet the central bank's projection of a moderate recovery around mid-year, which will be the backdrop for the BOJ's monetary policy meeting next week.
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The BOJ is expected to stand pat at its rate review and may revise up its view of the economy, sources familiar with its thinking say, on growing evidence that the weak yen and the government's reflationary policies are supporting exports and private consumption.