Reuters – Recently, the Japanese yen experienced a significant drop, falling over 143.5 against the dollar, marking its lowest point in the last two weeks. This decline is primarily attributed to a strengthened dollar as investors modify their expectations regarding the US Federal Reserve’s potential interest rate reductions. Japan’s challenges have also contributed to the fall of the yen. The country is currently dealing with the aftermath of a major earthquake that hit its central area on the first day of the new year and an incident at Tokyo’s Haneda airport.
In addition, recent statements by Bank of Japan Governor Kazuo Ueda have sparked discussions about a possible shift in Japan’s monetary policy. Last month, Ueda expressed optimism about Japan overcoming its prolonged period of low inflation and achieving its inflation target. He noted that if the positive interaction between wages and prices strengthens and the likelihood of reaching the 2% inflation goal increases sufficiently, the Bank of Japan might consider altering its current approach to monetary policy.