BOJ's policy tweak drew rare adjournment request from govt - minutes

By Leika Kihara TOKYO (Reuters) -Government representatives who attended the Bank of Japan's policy meeting in December were granted a half-hour adjournment to contact

their ministries, minutes showed, a sign the decision to tweak its yield control policy may have been hastily arranged. At the Dec. 19-20 meeting, the BOJ kept its

ultra-easy monetary policy but shocked markets with a surprise tweak to its yield curve control (YCC) policy that allowed long-term interest rates to rise. Before the

nine-member board voted on the steps, the government representatives requested that the meeting be adjourned for about 30 minutes, the minutes showed on Monday. Governor

Haruhiko Kuroda approved the request as chair of the BOJ meeting, according to the minutes. "The government understands the matters discussed today were aimed at conducting

monetary easing in a more sustainable manner with a view to achieving the BOJ's price target," a Ministry of Finance (MOF) official attending the meeting was quoted as saying,

referring to the central bank's inflation objective. Another government representative, who belonged to the Cabinet Office, urged the BOJ to be vigilant about the fallout

from rising inflation, supply constraints and market volatility on Japan's economy, the minutes showed. The two representatives did not voice opposition to the yield control

tweak nor any other elements of the BOJ's discussion, the minutes showed. Two government representatives - one from the MOF and another from the Cabinet Office - are legally

entitled to attend BOJ policy meetings and voice the government's views on policy decisions, though they cannot cast votes.