BoJ’s cut to bond purchases not an exit strategy, say analysts

The Bank of Japan
Analysts do not view the BoJ's move as a major policy shift

The Bank of Japan has trimmed its long-dated government bond purchases. Although the unexpected action stoked speculation that the central bank could start to wind down its stimulus policy this year, analysts say the cutback likely does not signal a major policy shift.

According to the announcement on January 9, the BoJ would reduce its outright purchases of Japan government bonds with maturities of 10–25 years to ¥190 billion ($1.7 billion) in today’s (January 11) auction, instead of ¥200 bill

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