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Detailed information and fundamental factors

Central Bank: Bank of Japan

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 Continues to Fall After Economic Data Disappoints

The Japanese yen has started a decline at the end of the previous trading session and continued to move lower during today’s session. Japan’s macroeconomic data was somewhat disappointing, meaning that it could not stop the currency’s fall.

Japanese Yen Soft Despite Positive Manufacturing Report

The Japanese yen fell against the US dollar today despite a positive report about Japan’s manufacturing released by Markit during the trading session. The yen was also soft against other currencies, though managed to regain ground versus the euro.

USD/JPY Rises as Japan’s Inflation Slows

The Japanese yen fell against the US dollar today as nation’s inflation slowed last month. The currency also dropped against other rivals but has trimmed its gains by now, and against the euro it actually moved above the opening level.

Australian Dollar Soft After Leading Indicators Decline

The Australian dollar remained rather vulnerable today, falling against its most-traded rivals, though it remained slightly above the opening level versus the soft Japanese yen.

Yen Falls vs. US Dollar, Reverses Losses vs. Other Rivals

The Japanese yen fell against the US dollar during the current trading session. While the currency had also been down versus other rivals intraday, currently the yen reversed its decline, erasing losses outright against some peers.

Japanese Yen Drops Despite Kuroda Expressing Optimism

The Japanese yen dropped against its major rivals today despite optimistic comments from Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda. The likely reason for that was the improving market sentiment.

Japanese Yen Firm Despite Mixed Data, Positive Market Sentiment

The Japanese yen rallied against its most-traded rivals today despite mixed domestic macroeconomic data and the positive general market sentiment.

Yen Gains As Trade War Between US & China Escalates

The Japanese yen rose today on signs that the trade war between the United States and China escalates.

Japanese Yen Soft Even as BoJ Discusses Stimulus Exit

The Japanese yen fell against its most-traded rivals today even as the Bank of Japan was discussing internally an exit from unprecedented monetary stimulus. Some currencies, though, have trimmed their gains against the yen by now.

Japanese Yen Falls as Macroeconomic Data Disappoints

The Japanese yen was flat versus the US dollar and lower against other major currencies today after the release of disappointing macroeconomic reports in Japan.