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Forex Flash: BoJ fine with letting yen fall to 100 against USD – UBS

FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - Overnight, Japan's Finance Minister Aso said that the yen is still in the process of correcting. According to Research Analyst Gareth Berry at UBS, “In essence this signals the government is not troubled by the latest wave of yen selling which took the USD/JPY to a new multi-year high of 99.67 overnight.”

Moreover, “It is also the clearest sign yet that Japan would be willing to see the yen fall to below 100 against the dollar.” Berry adds. We did get a reminder though of how sensitive the market could be to an eventual shift in rhetoric. Aso was first misquoted, before the newswire in question issued a correction. The initial headline made it seem as though he was calling a top on USD/JPY at current levels, which invited some selling. We stress that there is no indication Japanese officials are likely to declare that enough is enough any time soon, but we remain alert to the possibility.

Whether rhetoric alone would be enough to suspend the USD/JPY rally for more than a few days is an open question though. Given the BoJ has created the conditions for further yen weakness - through their actions and not their words, a shift in government rhetoric in isolation may not be enough to hold back the tide.

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