Japan rests re-assured not labeled 'currency manipulator' by G7

FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - Over the weekend, the G7 re-assured the market that Japan is not deliberately weakening the yen in order to create a competitive advantage against other industrialized nations.

The group repeated its old same lines about its commitment to avoid artificial currency devaluation for domestic gain purposes, while re-iterating its commitment to avoid volatility in FX rates.

According to Mike Paterson, editor at Forexlive: "The general consensus seems to be they accept Japan’s arguments that their dramatic easing on monetary policy is aimed at combating deflation rather than weaker currency advantage."

Mr. Paterson thinks the last developments in the G7 meeting "should be the green light for further yen selling when markets re-open given that it takes the uncertainty out of the equation but the announcement was hardly a surprise" he said.

It will be interesting to see just how much weaker it gets in the early stages. Failure to drop too far will suggest that there rightly should be an air of caution after such rapid falls.

But as the say goes, all that glitters is not gold, and US, Canada and Germany were all suspiciously more notorious on voicing out a closer monitoring over Japan's next policy actions.

As Mr. Paterson rightly points out, "behind the scenes of G7, sure there is not such a united front as they wish to portray."

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew had something to say on yen weakness: “We’ll keep an eye on that”, suggesting that any signs of currency manipulation by Japan will be watch very closely, adding that Japan had “growth issues.”

Japan's Finance Minister Mr. Aso confirmed to media reporters that no criticism was noted on Japan’s monetary easing.

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