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Mr. JGB Says Markets Need to Prepare for Eventual BOJ Shift

  • Finance Ministry has started review to boost market liquidity
  • Time will come when BOJ no longer main buyer of bonds: Saito
Michio Saito
Michio SaitoPhotographer: Shoko Takayasu/Bloomberg
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Investors should start preparing for a return to normal Japanese bond trading as the central bank will one day step back from its debt purchases, according to a senior government official widely known as Mr. JGB.

The Ministry of Finance has already started looking into a comprehensive review to ensure there’s sufficient depth and liquidity in the market as it’s only a matter of time before activity is allowed to normalize once again, said Michio Saito, who heads the department that oversees debt issuance. Saito is known for helping implement reforms when he worked in the Japanese government bond market in a succession of roles from the late 1990s until early 2010.