Japanese Yen Hits 34-Year Low Against US Dollar

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  • The yen experienced a notable surge against the dollar after experiencing a decline over the weekend.
  • Japanese yen recorded the lowest value since 1990.

On Monday, the yen experienced a notable surge against the dollar, attributed to efforts by Japanese officials to bolster a currency that had been performing poorly, reaching its lowest point in more than 30 years.

The dollar dramatically dropped to 155.01 yen from an earlier high of 160.245. According to banking sources, Japanese banks were observed exchanging dollars for yen, with the exchange rate later standing at 155.50 yen.

Japanese yen recorded its lowest value since 1990

Last week, the Japanese yen fell to its lowest value against the U.S. dollar since 1990, influenced by Japan’s financial strategy and unclear economic signals from the United States.

Analyst Peruvian Bull has indicated that the yen is entering the final phase of a significant downturn. His X account, with a following of 62,000, shared, “We are moving into the endgame of the crisis.” This highlighted the Japanese Yen’s sharp decline, breaking past levels previously defended by the Bank of Japan. This marks the beginning of an accelerated downturn, which authorities seem unable to halt without potentially selling off their Treasury holdings.


Japanese officials, including Finance Minister Shunichi Suzuki, have voiced his concern over the Yen’s rapid fall, hinting that steps might soon be taken to stabilize the currency. Suzuki, as reported by Nikkei, mentioned that the country is monitoring closely and is prepared to implement comprehensive measures.

A downturn in a major economy like Japan, influenced by prolonged low interest rates and high public debt, could serve as a trigger. As the value of the yen falls, Japanese investors abroad could face significant losses, and the purchasing power of Japanese consumers could decline. Up until now, the yen has been viewed as a “haven” currency. In past instances of economic instability or market volatility, many international investors typically moved their investments to assets denominated in yen.

The world’s financial markets are deeply interconnected. A significant economic setback in a key economy can shake investor confidence, resulting in widespread sell-offs in global stock markets.

At the time of writing, the currency had dropped and was trading at 155.8 yen to the dollar.

USD/JPY chart on April 29, 2024

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