GBP soars against the Japanese Yen despite low rates remaining in place


Japan's economy has been regarded ever since the 1960s as an absolute lesson in socio-economic advancement to the extent that the entire world views Japanese products, cuisine, intellect and culture among the most enviable globally.

One particular Japanese motor manufacturer has used the slogan "The relentless pursuit of perfection" in its marketing to Western customers, and Japan's contribution to science, technology and consumer lifestyle trappings has been enormous for over six decades now.

Japan is in the top 3 economies by nominal GDP, after the United States and China, and the fourth-largest economy by PPP (purchasing power parity). In 2020, Japan was ranked eighth among the countries with the largest labour force, having 66.5 million workers.

The Yen, Japan's sovereign currency, may have experienced a lot of volatility over recent times, and there is no doubt that it has faced competition from even larger nations such as China and India, which are rapidly becoming huge tours de force in their own right, China's economy being by very far the largest in the world, and neighbouring nations in the Asia Pacific region such as Thailand and South Korea being homes to some very high volume manufacturing of everything from televisions and kitchen appliances to motor vehicles.

Japan remains utterly focused on its core industries, and its export market is as buoyant as ever; however, there have been a lot of metrics that show lower capacity and a country that has struggled with high costs compared to that of its neighbours.

On April 5th, the central bank of Japan published data reflecting that the country's economic output was below full capacity for the 11th consecutive quarter from October to December 2022, so the BOJ will unlikely end its ultra-low interest rates policy.

The British Pound rose considerably against the Yen late last week in the advent of such figures, showing that investors and traders expected such an outcome.

This morning, the depreciation of the Yen against western majors, including the Pound, has slowed, and the Pound is trading at 164.10 to the Yen.

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However, looking at the Yen value in the latter part of last month, things were quite different. On March 24th, the Pound was trading at 159.8 against the Yen, so today's value still represents a high point against the Yen for the British Pound.

According to the BOJ, in Q4 2022, the country's output gap widened from -0.08% in July-September and reached -0.43%.

Japan soldiers on, and its reputation as a bastion of quality, combined with social and cultural sophistication, is unblemished. Its industry is as high quality as ever; however, there are clearly some items with regard to monetary policy and fending off stiff competition in the region which are of concern and are continuing to cause the Yen to be volatile.

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