Bank of Japan performed another FX intervention. BoJ seems to be determined to protect Japanese yen

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On Friday, September 21, during the late afternoon hours in Europe and, in turn, the evening hours in Japan, there was a sharp plunge in the USD/JPY exchange rate. Quotations plunged from around 151.50 to 146 yen per dollar. The market was expected to see another intervention by Japanese authorities after the yen had previously weakened to levels last seen 32 years ago.

Is the yen sinking in strength?

Japanese Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki said Monday that the government is trying to confront currency speculators as the yen continues to fluctuate widely. The systematic weakening of the currency prompted another Bank of Japan intervention on Friday. Suzuki assured that the ministry is monitoring the currency market, BBN reported. In turn, Japanese Deputy Finance Minister for International Affairs Masato Kanda added that the government "will continue to take appropriate measures against excessive disorderly movements in the market."

yenSource: Conotoxia MT5, USD/JPY, H1

Statements by Japanese authorities

Masato Kanda also told reporters that Japan cannot tolerate speculators who significantly alter currency rates and have a negative impact on people's lives and the global economy. Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida issued a new warning on Saturday against excessive yen movements in the currency market, saying the country will not hesitate to take "appropriate" measures when necessary. In turn, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said the central bank must support Japan's economic recovery from the pandemic. The BOJ  would do everything to achieve stable inflation supported by wage growth. The rapid weakening of the yen is becoming a factor in lifting inflation, according to quotes published by Bloomberg.

Will the Bank of Japan fight the Fed?

It appears that the main factor that may be behind the yen's weakening in recent months is the divergence in the monetary policy pursued by the Fed and the Bank of Japan. The Fed has opted for an unprecedented pace of interest rate hikes, while the Bank of Japan persists with loose monetary policy. As a result, the U.S. dollar is increasing its interest rate in favor of the Japanese yen, and capital seems to be flowing to where it can get more interest.

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Source: Conotoxia MT5, USD / JPY, MN.

Nonetheless, current Japanese actions seem to indicate that the finance ministry  would try to chase away those who gamble on further JPY weakness. If this is indeed the case, it seems  that Japan  believes the Fed is indeed close to moving away from the pace of 75 bp hikes every meeting. With the BOJ poised to maintain ultra-low policy at this week's meeting, the only hope for lasting relief for the yen should come from the other side of the Pacific. If that doesn't happen, however, it seems that the only result Japan might achieve, would be a decline in foreign exchange reserves.

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Daniel Kostecki, Director of the Polish branch of Conotoxia Ltd. (Conotoxia investment service)

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