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Japan’s Positive Outlook: Economy Returns to Full Capacity and BOJ Takes a New Approach

BySamantha Jones

Apr 3, 2024
Japan’s economy fully rebounds, maintaining potential for BOJ interest rate hike

Japan’s economy has shown signs of a positive outlook in the October-December quarter, with its economic output returning to full capacity for the first time in about four years. This marks a significant improvement from previous quarters and is seen as a key indicator that the Bank of Japan (BOJ) uses to assess the strength of the economy and its ability to drive inflation.

A positive output gap indicates that the economy is operating above its full capacity, reflecting strong demand. This is considered essential for wage growth and sustained inflation around the BOJ’s 2% target. The BOJ recently ended eight years of negative interest rates and other unconventional policies, shifting its focus towards promoting growth and inflation.

Market watchers are now awaiting signals on when the central bank might decide to raise interest rates again. Speculation that the BOJ may proceed cautiously with further rate hikes has contributed to a weaker yen, with the currency nearing 152 to the dollar. This has raised concerns about potential yen-buying intervention by Japanese authorities to stabilize the exchange rate.

By Samantha Jones

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