23 Jan 2014 08:47 AM EST
Bank of Japan to expand monetary base
The Bank of Japan announced that it would continue to expand the country's monetary base by 60 to 70 trillion yen in 2014 the same amount that it did in 2013. In addition the central bank removed language from its statement that the country's economy was facing uncertainty and said it should recover moderately in the coming years. However the impending sales tax hikes should crimp consumer demand which should keep inflation closer to 1.25% for longer than expected. Even though it appeared the central bank was falling short of its goals investors seemed unfazed as the Nikkei gained.