The problem of Japan's household savings
News On Japan via Reuters -- Aug 03
Almost two years ago, in September 2010, the Japanese currency reached an all-time high of just 83 yen to the dollar. The Bank of Japan, shocked into action, brought out the big guns: a massive intervention in the fx market, which immediately sent the currency down more than 3%.
And I responded with a blog post headlined "Why Japan's FX intervention might actually work": the intervention was unsterilized, which meant that the Bank of Japan was essentially printing money. If a central bank prints enough money, the currency will, eventually, fall.
Of course, that didn't happen. A commenter, gpowell, looked into the details of what was going on and discovered that the intervention was only technically unsterilized: in reality, the Ministry of Finance ended up issuing new debt within days to repay the central bank. And so the inevitable happened, and the yen kept on strengthening. It's now hitting new all-time highs around 78 yen to the dollar: the Japanese wish it were back at the 83 level which seemed so unacceptable two years ago. The Bank of Japan's actions are barely making a dent in deflation, let alone weakening the yen.
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