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Weighing Prospects for Currency Intervention in Japan

With an unexpected move to negative interest rates, a bigger-than-expected decline in fourth quarter GDP and pronounced financial market instability, the Japanese economy has once again been a global focus in recent weeks (Figure 1). Another factor attracting attention in Japan: the yen. Owing to its safe haven and funding currency status, shaky global financial markets have a tendency to put a bid on this currency resulting in a challenging scenario for monetary policy makers at the Bank of Japan (BoJ).

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