Japan must revise BOJ law to speed digital yen, enshrine inflation goal: senior official

By Leika Kihara and Takahiko Wada



Kozo Yamamoto wearing a suit and tie: FILE PHOTO: Yamamoto speaks in Tokyo


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FILE PHOTO: Yamamoto speaks in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan must swiftly revise laws to allow the central bank to issue a digital currency, a move that could provide a chance to reform the Bank of Japan’s existing mandates and enshrine its inflation target, a senior ruling party official said on Monday.

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Kozo Yamamoto, head of the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) council on financial affairs, said the BOJ risked being overtaken by private players who could launch their own digital currencies that could undermine the yen.

“If something too convenient pops up from the private sector, people might start to doubt whether they need yen as a currency unit. We must prevent this from happening,” he said. “This is fundamentally about protecting Japan’s currency sovereignty.”

Yamamoto said he would prod the government and relevant agencies to speed up

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Humane Society of Oldham County hopes upcoming fundraiser will get them closer to goal

It’s been a difficult year for many nonprofits, but the Humane Society of Oldham County is hoping a weekend fundraiser will help the organization get back on track.

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The organization has rented a building in La Grange for the past 13 years. But, it’s not a long-term option because the owner wants to redevelop the property.

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That’s why director Bobbie Dewey said the organization is raising money to build a new home. But the coronavirus pandemic has made things difficult for the Humane Society of Oldham County.

“COVID has made it really apparent to us how bad we need this building. For instance, we don’t house dogs, and when COVID hit, we had to pull all of our dogs out of our program at the Kentucky State Reformatory with no place to put them,” Dewey said.

Dewey said the goal is to finish

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