Japan Financial Research Report
  Review of the BOJ’s JGB Purchases
Pace of Increase in BOJ’s Holding of JGBs Slowing
- Does the purchase limit risk still remain?

  JCER Financial Research Team
   Ikuko FUEDA-SAMIKAWA (Principal Economist)
   Tetsuaki TAKANO (Economist)

  The pace of increase in the outstanding long-term Japanese government bonds (JGBs) held by the Bank of Japan (BOJ) is slowing. The BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda told the House of Representatives’ Financial Affairs Committee Meeting on May 10 that the increase in the amount outstanding of its JGB holdings is “now at around 60 trillion yen per year.” Since the BOJ announced in its latest monetary policy statement that it “will conduct purchases more or less in line with the current pace -- an annual pace of increase in the amount outstanding of its JGB holdings at about 80 trillion yen,” Kuroda insisted again that its JGB purchase amount was merely a goal. In September 2016, the BOJ introduced new policy framework called “Quantitative and Qualitative Monetary Easing with Yield Curve Control (YCC)” and changed its operation target from “volume of monetary base” to “interest rate.” As a consequence, the amount of the BOJ’s JGB purchases became “dependent variable,” endogenously determined by economic and financial market trends. In this report, we look at the BOJ’s purchases of JGBs since September 2016.

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