Late consumer price index data from Japan shows that inflation continues to remain absent. While Japan's National Core CPI fell 0.50% on a yearly basis, Tokyo's core CPI was also weaker, falling 0.40%. According to the BoJ, the central bank expects to achieve a 2.00% inflation target rate by March 2018. Driving inflation lower were fuel costs, communications, furniture and housing. Clothing, education, food and medical care however managed to rise during the reported period.