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Announcement of the Monetary Policy Meeting Decisions (February 8, 9)

February 9, 2006
Bank of Japan

(For immediate release)

At the Monetary Policy Meeting held today, the Bank of Japan decided, by 7-2 majority vote, to set the following guideline for money market operations for the intermeeting period:

The Bank of Japan will conduct money market operations, aiming at the outstanding balance of current accounts held at the Bank at around 30 to 35 trillion yen.

Should there be a risk of financial market instability, such as a surge in liquidity demand, the Bank will provide more liquidity irrespective of the above target. When it is judged that liquidity demand is exceptionally weak considering such factors as responses of financial institutions to the Bank's funds-supplying operations, there may be cases where the balance of current accounts falls short of the target.

(Reference)

Meeting hours :
February 8th: 14:00-15:37
February 9th:9:00-12:14

Members present :
Toshihiko Fukui ( Governor )
Toshiro Muto ( Deputy Governor )
Kazumasa Iwata ( Deputy Governor )
Miyako Suda
Shin Nakahara
Hidehiko Haru
Toshikatsu Fukuma
Atsushi Mizuno
Kiyohiko G. Nishimura

(Others present)

February 8th:
From Ministry of Finance:
Kazuyuki Sugimoto, Deputy Vice Minister for Policy Planning and Co-ordination (14:00-15:37)

From Cabinet Office:
Yoshiro Nakajo, Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination (14:00-15:37)

February 9th:
From Ministry of Finance:
Kazuyoshi Akaba, Senior Vice Minister of Finance (9:00-12:04, 12:10-12:14)

From Cabinet Office:
Yoshiro Nakajo, Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination (9:00-12:04, 12:10-12:14)

Release of Monthly Report of Recent Economic and Financial Developments:
( Consisting of "The Bank's View" and "The Background" )

"The Bank's View" 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 9
Full text (Consisting of "The Bank's View" and "The Background")
2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 10 (Japanese)
4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 13 (English)

Release of minutes :
2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2006