BoJ’s Ueda: Chance weak Yen might affect trend inflation and could lead to policy shift

Updated Apr 19, 2024 24:13

Bank of Japan (BoJ) Governor Kazuo Ueda spoke in a press conference after attending the Group of 20 (G20) finance leaders' meeting in Washington on Thursday. Ueda said that the central bank may raise interest rates again if the Yen's declines considerably increase inflation, highlighting the impact currency moves may have on the timing of the next policy shift. 

Key quotes

"There's a possibility the weak yen could push up trend inflation through rises in imported goods prices.” 

"If the impact becomes too big to ignore, it might lead to a change in monetary policy.” 

“The BoJ will scrutinize how the Yen's declines so far this year could affect the economy and prices, and take the findings into account in producing fresh quarterly growth and inflation forecasts due at next week's policy meeting.”

Market reaction

The USD/JPY pair is trading at 154.57, losing 0.05% on the day at the time of writing.

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