Japan’s consumer price inflation fell to 0.2% year-on-year in September 2019 from 0.3% in the previous month. It was the lowest inflation rate in seven months, raising the chances of further stimulus after the Bank of Japan decided to leave policy unchanged during its September meeting but left the window wide open for easing, calling for a review of prices and the economy in October. Annual core consumer inflation, which excludes fresh food, was at 0.3% in August, the lowest since April 2017.