Koichi Hamada, an advisor to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the BoJ could abandon the 2% inflation target. He told Reuters that “prices don’t need to rise much. From the perspective of people’s livelihood, what’s more desirable is for prices to fall, not rise.”
And, the inflation target is only “a tool for achieving full employment”. Hamada added “it can be abandoned. It isn’t absolutely crucial”, and the “appropriate target level of inflation can be decided by the central bank”.
On current monetary policy, Hamada said “the world economy faces substantial turbulence, the BOJ can wait”. There is no need for loosen up policy too as “Demand is exceeding supply now. As long as this trend continues, we don’t need to worry too much.”