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USD/JPY Surges on BOJ’s Inflation Target Signals


In the recent Asia-Pacific FX market wrap, the spotlight was on USD/JPY as it experienced a notable surge following the Bank of Japan’s (BOJ) December meeting summary. The summary hinted at a growing likelihood of achieving the central bank’s inflation target, leading to speculation that the BOJ might consider a policy shift.

Amidst these developments, USD/JPY gained momentum, marking a substantial jump. The currency pair reached 142.42, with the dollar showing strength against the yen. This movement followed a recent period where the yen had steadied near a five-month peak, influenced by the anticipation that the BOJ could signal an end to its ultra-easy policy.

Market participants closely observed BOJ Governor Kazuo Ueda’s remarks, noting that the probability of meeting the central bank’s inflation target was gradually rising. Ueda also mentioned that the BOJ would contemplate changing its policy if the prospects of sustainably achieving the 2% USD/JPY inflation target increased sufficiently.

While the dollar gained against the yen, the broader context of the FX market also saw the dollar index edging lower. Investors awaited further cues on the Federal Reserve’s potential interest rate cuts as inflation approached the U.S. central bank’s 2% annual target. The market remained relatively subdued, with several key regions, including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong, observing public holidays.

These FX movements underscore the sensitivity of currency markets to central bank signals and inflation dynamics, with traders navigating potential shifts in monetary policy and their impact on exchange rates. As the year approaches its end, market participants remain attentive to developments that could shape the FX landscape in the coming months. 

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