BOJ ends negative rate policy

By Thomson Reuters Mar 18, 2024 | 10:38 PM

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Bank of Japan (BOJ) on Tuesday decided to end its negative interest rate policy, marking a landmark shift away from its huge stimulus programme.

It was Japan’s first interest rate hike since 2007.

BOJ Governor Kazuo Ueda is expected to hold a news conference at 3:30 p.m. (0630 GMT) to explain the decision.

Under its negative interest rate policy, the BOJ had applied a 0.1% charge to a small pool of financial institutions’ excess reserves parked with the central bank. The policy had been in place since 2016.

With inflation having exceeded the BOJ’s 2% target for well over a year, many market players had expected the central bank to exit its ultra-loose monetary policy in March or April.

(Reporting by Leika Kihara, Kantaro Komiya, Tetsushi Kajimoto, Chang-ran Kim, Satoshi Sugiyama, Mariko Katsumura, Sam Nussey and David Dolan; Editing by Sam Holmes)