BoJ urges move on measurement of bad loans

JAPAN - The Bank of Japan has discreetly urged the Financial Supervisory Agency, the main regulator in Japan, to develop better methods for measuring questionable bank loans, writes the Financial Times in London, 19 July.

The move reflects concerns among bank officials that current FSA data on bad loans might still underestimate the scale of Japan's financial problems.

It comes as the Japanese government is facing some delicate policy tussles over its banking policy. Earlier this year Junichiro