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Why the Japanese Yen Finally Appreciated against the US Dollar

Ricky Cove
Why the Japanese Yen Finally Appreciated against the US Dollar

The Japanese yen (JYN) was the only major currency that was unable to benefit from the weakness in the US dollar (UUP), although that trend changed during the week ended January 12. During the week, the yen (FXY) closed at 111.04 against the US dollar (UUP), compared to 113.08 in the week ended January 5, appreciating by 1.8%. The boost to the yen came from the US dollar’s weakness and the comments from Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda, who expressed confidence about the Japanese economy.