22 Mar '11, 5am

Tokyo threatens further yen intervention

OSAKA: Tokyo on Tuesday threatened further possible action by the Group of Seven leading industrialised nations to intervene in currency markets to weaken the yen, after Friday's concerted move. "First we agreed on joint intervention on March 18, and based on that agreement, we put language in the statement saying, 'We will monitor exchange markets closely and will cooperate as appropriate,'" Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda said of the latest G7 action and accompanying communique. "That tells you everything." The comments reinforced caution among players that if they push up the yen too sharply and quickly, Japanese authorities may move to push it down with the possible backing of other G7 countries, dealers said. A Japanese government bureaucrat familiar with the nation's currency policy told Dow Jones Newswires earlier in the day that "there wasn't any such decision made...

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