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Yen slides past 140 against dollar on BOJ chief remarks, Fed outlook

Sell-off quickens to six-month low as Ueda signals no change in easing

The yen has lost ground against the dollar, the euro and other major currencies.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The yen weakened below 140 to the dollar for the first time since November on Thursday, as expectations of a widening interest-rate spread between Japan and the U.S. fueled selling.

The Japanese currency has fallen by about 13 yen from its year-to-date high against the dollar in January, and shows no sign of bottoming out. It has also softened against other currencies such as the euro and pound.

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