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BOJ mass asset buying risks more yen depreciation, higher prices

Japan monetary policy pulled in two directions by rising yields, weaker currency

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda views a weak yen as generally favorable but has recently expressed concern over its rapid softening.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The Bank of Japan's balance sheet is increasing once again as it steps up asset purchases to combat yields buoyed by inflation concerns in the U.S. and Europe.

But some market observers believe that a weakening yen may force the central bank to reverse course and tighten policy, in line with other countries around the world.

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