Unease Grows at Bank of Japan as Oil Casts Shadow on Prices::

Unease has strengthened within the Bank of Japan’s policy board over the outlook for prices as cheaper oil and mobile phone charges threaten to drive inflation back toward zero and possibly back into negative territory.

A summary of opinions from board members at the Dec. 19-20 meeting released Friday shows a switch in mood from the guarded optimism over prices at the October policy meeting. The BOJ left policy unchanged at both meetings.




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