January 11 (Bloomberg) — Japan plans to buy euro-zone
sovereign bonds, its finance minister said, joining China in
assisting a region hit by a fund-raising crisis.
Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda told a news conference in
Tokyo today that Japan will use its foreign-exchange reserves to
buy more than 20 percent of bonds to be issued under a special
assistance program to help Ireland.
“It’s appropriate for Japan to make a contribution as a
leading nation to increase trust in the deal,” he said.
China has also expressed support for the euro zone, with
Vice Premier Li Keqiang last week expressing confidence in
Spain’s financial markets and pledging more purchases of that
nation’s debt. Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan said on Dec. 21
his nation has taken “concrete action” to help the European
Union address its debt crisis.
The euro climbed immediately after Noda’s comments, rising
as high as $1.2991, before trading at $1.2952 at 11:50 a.m. in
> This is being done in an effort to weaken ¥ vs €.
Yes, with the cover of helping the euro zone, just like China, who announced the same a short while ago to lead the way for Japan.
Japan has been actively seeking ways of weakening the yen to support their exporters.
They publicly bought some $ last year, and their US Tsy holdings have been falling, indicating something unannounced has been going on as well.
And their budget was somewhat expansionary.
Weakening the yen like this is one of the things somewhat subtly working to limit US aggregate demand growth, which should be a good thing for us (we can have lower taxes for a give size govt) but unfortunately our leadership simply lets aggregate demand languish.