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Yen Jumps After Japan's Aso Says No Need for Intervention Now

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said the yen’s recent move isn’t abrupt enough to warrant intervention.

“From our perspective, the current situation doesn’t warrant special intervention. The yen isn’t rising or falling abruptly,” Aso said, answering questions from a lawmaker in parliament on Thursday. He didn’t specify what kind of intervention he was talking about, but the remark sent the yen higher.

Taro Aso

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The yen traded at 106.63 against the dollar as of 10:47 a.m. in Tokyo, extending gains from the previous day, when it jumped to the highest level in more than a year. A higher yen adds to the challenges Japanese policy makers face in trying to revive growth and inflation, because it weighs on the earnings of exporters and import prices.

“Aso’s comments confirm that the yen’s level and its move aren’t making him very nervous for now," said Daisuke Karakama, chief market economist at Mizuho Bank in Tokyo. “Still, a strong yen probably isn’t going to be temporary. Japanese officials will have to keep watching the yen closely. If it goes above 100, that will be a critical point and it’s likely to trigger a stronger step by them."

— With assistance by Toru Fujioka, and Yuko Takeo

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