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Japanese yen bulls were net winners as the negative lean in global risk sentiment on pandemic and economic slow down fears drove traders to safe haven currencies early in the week.

The remainder of the week was a choppy mess for the yen with no major drivers showing up, but it was able to hold onto its gains, falling only to the Greenback at the Friday close.

Overlay of Inverted JPY Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
Overlay of Inverted JPY Pairs: 1-Hour Forex Chart
JPY Weekly Performance from MarketMilk
JPY Weekly Performance from MarketMilk

Japanese Headlines and Economic data

Monday:

There were no major market drivers from Japan due to the holiday, so the net positive performance on the session against the majors was likely due to the continued negative lean on broad risk sentiment. This continues to be driven by a worsening situation with the pandemic, as well as a lack of fresh stimulus to combat the economic fallout and the rising odds of lockdowns.

Tuesday:

Once again, no drivers from Japan on the session lead to JPY being lead by broad risk sentiment and counter currency flows. Overall, a mixed performance as risk sentiment trended positive during the U.S. session (Supportive comments from Jerome Powell?, U.S. tech sector bounce?), but JPY was able to out perform the comdolls and European currencies.

Wednesday:

Japan’s private sector downturn extends into September

Kuroda says BOJ may extend aid for pandemic-hit firms beyond March

Bank of Japan and PM Suga agree to work closely in first meeting

Thursday:

Some in BOJ warned pandemic could delay Japan’s recovery – July minutes

BOJ Kuroda stresses readiness to ease further, warns of high uncertainty

Friday:

Japan corporate service prices drop for 6th month