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BOJ's inflation target remains elusive with flat February data

Financial markets expect further monetary easing to stimulate spending and price rises

DIFFICULT GOAL: Mr Kuroda insists the inflation timeframe set in 2013 is not a precise target.


BANK of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda's 2 per cent annual inflation target for the Japanese economy appeared to be far off on Friday when it was revealed that the core annual rate of price increase had fallen to zero in February.

The central bank's options for remedying the