TAKEAWAY: Bank of Japan leaves monetary policy mix unchanged > BOJ rhetoric strikes positive tone, limiting scope for near-term stimulus expansion > USDJPY Falls

The Japanese Yen rallied against its major currency counterparts – adding as much as 0.9 percent on average – after the Bank of Japan opted to keep its monetary policy stance unchanged. The statement accompanying the announcement struck a cautiously supportive tone, seemingly limiting the scope for speculation on a near-term expansion of stimulus efforts.

The central bank reiterated the now-familiar goal of expanding the money supply at a pace of ¥60-70 trillion per year and maintained existing annual asset-purchase targets for government bonds (JGBs), exchange-traded funds (ETFs), real estate investment trusts (J-REITs) and corporate paper. On the economy, policymakers cited improvements in exports and industrial production and resilience in consumption aided by an improvement in sentiment. They added that while the Japan’s economy is expected to return to a “moderate recovery path”, a high degree of uncertainty remains and noted European debt crisis and the momentum of recovery in the US as potential risks.

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