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Detailed information and fundamental factors

Central Bank: Bank of Japan

Interest Rate: -0.10%

Public Debt to GDP Ratio, 2017: 223.8%

Trade Balance, 2017: $57.6 bln.

Inflation, 2017: 0.4%

Sovereign Credit Ratings:


Supporting Factors

Global reserve currency


Safe haven currency


Factors of Weakness

Loose monetary policy


Frequent currency interventions


The yen is the official currency of Japan. It was introduced in 1871 and allowed to freely float at 1973. The yen is the third major reserve currency after the dollar and the euro. The yen is considered a safe currency; therefore it is sought by traders in times of uncertainty and instability. Low interest rates in Japan (near zero), combined with high liquidity of the currency, make the yen used in the practice called carry trade.

Japanese Yen News Archive

Yen Gains as Risk Aversion Allows to Ignore Comments from BoJ Chief

The Japanese yen gained on its most-traded rivals today, propelled higher by risk aversion. The general negative market sentiment allowed the currency to ignore dovish comments from the central bank’s chief.

Japanese Yen Weakens on Mixed Economic Data

The Japanese yen is weakening midweek against its American counterpart on mixed economic data. The yen, which has lost against the greenback so far this year, is finding direction on solid services data and a reduction in business spending. This comes as many experts suggest that the fourth-quarter may actually rebound from the disappointing third-quarter.

Yen Surges as Risk Appetite Caused by US-China Truce Wanes

The Japanese yen jumped against its most-traded rivals today as optimism caused by the truce in the trade war between the United States and China waned, and market participants started to question whether the agreement will hold.

Japanese Yen Gains on Majors Despite Positive Market Sentiment

While the Japanese yen was soft against commodity currencies today, it managed to gain on many other most-traded peers. That was surprising considering the risk-on market sentiment, which made safe currencies less attractive to traders.

Japanese Yen Falls on Sluggish Factory Activity, Flat Stocks

The Japanese yen is falling against the greenback midweek as preliminary data found manufacturing activity expanded at the slowest pace since 2016 in November, leaving investors doubtful of strong growth in the fourth quarter. The yen took another hit on forecasts that the Japanese stock market will end the year flat. There was good news for the Bank of Japan (BOJ), though.

Japanese Yen Gains on Growing Optimism, Export Rebound

The Japanese yen is posting modest gains against the greenback on Thursday. Traders were pleased by recent comments made by government officials about the national economy, and positive data gave a boost to the yen’s slight bump.

Japanese Indices for All Industry Activity Decline, Yen Falls

The Japanese yen declined today. While macroeconomic data released in Japan during the current trading session was not good, that was unlikely the reason for the decline.

Japanese Yen Gains As Economy Expected to Recover in Q4

The Japanese yen is gaining against the greenback after a survey of economists found that they expect the national economy to recover in the fourth quarter. Tokyo experienced a disappointing third quarter, stemming from natural disasters that impacted the overall economy, from consumer spending to industrial output. But with a trade war looming, can Tokyo really spark a rally in the October-to-December period?

Yen Drops on Slowing Economic Growth, Trims Losses Later

The Japanese yen dropped intraday as most macroeconomic reports released in Japan today were disappointing. By now, though, the currency has trimmed its losses, erasing them against some rivals outright.

Japanese Yen Gains on Hawkish BOJ, Capped by Bearish Forecasts

The Japanese yen is posting a modest rally against its American counterpart midweek as the central bank and the federal government send bullish messages to the market. But the tepid gains were capped by bearish economic data and forecasts. Despite fears of a pending trade war with the world’s largest economy, the yen has been performing admirably against the greenback in 2018.