Japan's cash balance hits fresh high as c.bank keeps support for economy
Reuters -- Jan 06
The balance of money circulating in Japan’s economy hit a record high for the ninth consecutive month in December, data showed on Tuesday, as the central bank continued to flood the economy with cash to cushion the blow from the COVID-19 pandemic.

With an expected re-implementation of control measures to contain the pandemic seen hurting the economy, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) is likely to maintain its massive aid programmes for households and businesses hit by the health crisis, analysts said.

The average balance of monetary base, or the amount of cash in circulation and deposits at the BOJ, rose 18.3% in December from the same month a year earlier to a record 606.5 trillion yen ($5.88 trillion), the fastest annual gain since May 2017, central bank data showed.

The increase was largely driven by a surge in the BOJ’s purchases of short-term securities, a sign the central bank was ramping up money printing to underpin a fragile economy.

Financial institutions’ deposits parked at the BOJ also soared 22% to a record 485.5 trillion yen in December, the data showed.

The BOJ eased monetary policy twice last year to dull the economic pain from the pandemic, such as by creating a new loan scheme and boosting purchases of corporate debt.

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