Japan does not rule out stepping into the currency market as an emergency step, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Thursday, days after U.S. President Donald Trump accused Japan of devaluing the yen.
Speaking at a session of the House of Representatives Budget Committee, Abe said, however, that no intervention in the currency market has been carried out under his administration, which was launched in December 2012.
“We don’t rule it out. It’s possible as an emergency response,” Abe told the committee, referring to the possibility of a currency intervention.
Trump told a meeting of pharmaceutical executives in Washington on Tuesday that Japan and China are playing the money market. “They play the devaluation market and we sit there like a bunch of dummies,” he added.
Japanese officials were quick to deny his accusations, arguing that the Bank of Japan’s monetary policy is intended to pull the Japanese economy out of deflation and not to devalue the yen. They said that currency moves are market-driven and Japan is not manipulating them.
This article is for general information purposes only. It is not investment advice or a solution to buy or sell securities. Opinions are the authors; not necessarily that of OANDA Corporation or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, officers or directors. Leveraged trading is high risk and not suitable for all. You could lose all of your deposited funds.