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BoJ overnight call rate - Japanese central bank’s interest rates

Charts - historic BoJ interest rates

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The current Japanese interest rate BoJ (base rate) is 0.000 %
Note: at this time the BoJ has adopted an interest rate range of 0% to -0.1%.

Bank of Japan

The Bank of Japan (BoJ), Japan’s central bank, is also called Nichigin. With its monetary policy the BoJ seeks to support the healthy development of the national economy by ensuring price stability. However, the goal that the bank sets with regard to the degree of price stability is not as clearly defined as for other central banks. For an overview of current inflation in Japan, click here or here for current inflation by country. The Bank of Japan’s tasks include:
  • issuing and managing notes and coins;
  • implementing monetary policy;
  • treasury and government-related securities activities;
  • gathering data, economic analyses and research activities.

Uncollateralized overnight call rate

When reference is made to the Japanese interest rate this often refers to the uncollateralised overnight call rate. This is the base rate, the interest which is charged when banks which are part of the system provide one another with loans with a short maturity, usually a maturity of 1 day (overnight). With this base rate the Bank of Japan can influence the money supply and thus bring interest rates to a level close to the required rate. No collateral is needed for these overnight loans. The overnight loans must be repaid the next day before 10.00 a.m. This interest rate is very important because it has a major impact on the interest which banks charge on commercial products such as loans and mortgages or pay on products such as savings.

This page shows the current and historic values of the uncollateralized overnight call rate of the Bank of Japan.

For a summary of the current interest rates of a large number of central banks please click here.

Tables - current and historic Japanese central bank interest rates

BoJ latest interest rate changes

 change date percentage
 february 01 2016 0.000 %
 october 05 2010 0.100 %
 december 19 2008 0.100 %
 october 31 2008 0.300 %
 february 21 2007 0.500 %
 july 14 2006 0.250 %
 march 20 2001 0.000 %
 march 01 2001 0.150 %
 august 11 2000 0.250 %
 february 12 1999 0.000 %

Summary of other central banks’ interest rates

 central bank interest rate region percentage date
 FED interest rate United States 0.500 % 12-16-2015
 RBA interest rate Australia 1.500 % 08-02-2016
 BACEN interest rate Brazil 14.250 % 07-30-2015
 BoE interest rate Great Britain 0.250 % 08-04-2016
 BOC interest rate Canada 0.500 % 07-15-2015
 PBC interest rate China 4.350 % 10-23-2015
 ECB interest rate Europe 0.000 % 03-10-2016
 BoJ interest rate Japan 0.000 % 02-01-2016
 CBR interest rate Russia 10.000 % 09-16-2016
 SARB interest rate South Africa 7.000 % 03-17-2016

In order to be able to show the data on this page, we make use of a large number of sources of information that we believe to be reliable. For more information and our disclaimer, click here.

American interest rate (Fed)0.50 %12-16-2015
Australian interest rate (RBA)1.50 %08-02-2016
British interest rate (BoE)0.25 %08-04-2016
Canadian interest rate (BOC)0.50 %07-15-2015
European interest rate (ECB)-03-10-2016
Japanese interest rate (BoJ)-02-01-2016
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